Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Pagenstecher Class

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161

The Judgment of Paris

Among the rare black-figure works made in Southern Italy, lekythoi of this distinctive shape were produced in Paestum, Campania, and Sicily. The scene features Hermes, whose pose and articulation surely reflect a bronze sculpture. The fluent drawing and incision of the figures were heightened with details in white that has now worn off.

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Attributed to the Pagenstecher Class, Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, probably Paestan

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