Terracotta squat lekythos (oil flask)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Bust of Athena and olive sprig

The decoration of this little vase includes two of the characteristic symbols of classical Athens--a bust of Athena, the patron goddess of the city, and a sprig of olive, Athena's gift to the city. It would be appropriate indeed for an oil flask to bear these two images.

Terracotta squat lekythos (oil flask), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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