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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to Hermonax

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 3/8 in. (34 cm); diameter 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.19
  • Description

    Maenad; on shoulder, satyr eating grapes

    Hermonax was a follower of the Berlin Painter. His vitality is abundantly evident on this vase—not only in the drawing but also in the interpretation of the figures. The maenad purposefully brandishes her thyrsos (fennel stalk) and snake. At the same time, she is serene and beautifully dressed in a pleated chiton and a nebris (fawn's skin). Crouching unconcerned between two palmettes, a satyr enjoys grapes in their unfermented state.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 108, fig. 77.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 87, 225, pl. 65e.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 108, fig. 77.

    Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd edn. Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 490, no. 115.

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