Terracotta bobbin

Attributed to the Penthesilea Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157

One side, Nike (the personification of victory) offering fillet (band) to youth
Other side, Eros and youth

This object belongs to a group of roughly half a dozen pieces, all of the same construction and exceptionally fine quality but of undetermined function. The two most frequently advanced interpretations are that they served as bobbins or yo-yos. The shape lends itself to either purpose. The fragility of the material makes clear that they must have been dedications. Like the adjacent pyxis, this bobbin demonstrates the Penthesilea Painter's wonderful gift for color and composition.

Terracotta bobbin, Attributed to the Penthesilea Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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