Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Attributed to the Pharos Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Pharos Painter
ca. 550 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel G. Ward, 1875
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Two women wrapped in one cloak

Lekythoi were traditionally placed as offerings in tombs or on grave monuments. The elongated shape of this example is typical of the earliest form. The subject of two women wrapped in one mantle was favored by the Pharos Painter (pharos is a word for "cloak"). There are also contemporary representations of two males with one cloak. The meaning may be sexual.
Said to have been found in 1872 in Athens

March 1872, said to have been excavated in Athens (in the Kerameikos?); briefly, with Professor Athanasios Sergiou Rhousopoulos, Athens; by 1874, purchased by Samuel G. Ward from Prof. A.S. Rhousopoulos, Athens; acquired 1875, gift of Samuel G. Ward.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1875. Fifth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for the Year ending May 1, 1875. p. 70, New York.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. p. 70, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 1766, p. 131, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A., Marjorie J. Milne, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1922. Shapes of Greek Vases. p. 25, New York.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 15, fig. 92, New York: Plantin Press.

Haspels, Caroline Henriette Emilie. 1936. Attic Black-Figured Lekythoi. no. 1, pp. 5, 25, 194, pl. 8,1, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 157, n. 22, pl. 37g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 698, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 199, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Folsom, Robert. 1975. Attic Black-Figured Pottery. pl. 4c, Park Ridge, N.J.: Noyes Press.

Pinney, Gloria Ferrari and Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway. 1979. Aspects of Ancient Greece no. 13, pp. 32-3, Allentown, Penn.: Allentown Art Museum.