Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Phiale Painter
ca. 440–430 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H.: 14 1/4 x 4 3/8 in. (36.2 x 11.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Youth arming

The sureness and fluency of the Phiale Painter's drawing is evident in this representation. The placement of the helmet within a large area of black glaze in the center of the composition effectively suggests that the warrior may not return. By contrast with many lekythoi of the second quarter of the fifth century B.C. that are entirely covered with glaze, the clay-colored shoulder with black-figure decoration presents a lighter aspect.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1909. "The Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1908. IV. Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 4(6): pp. 104–5, fig. 6.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1021, no. 117, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Cook, Brian. 2002. "Red-figured Lekythoi by the Phiale Painter." Essays in Honor of Dietrich von Bothmer, Mr. Andrew J. Clark and Dr. Jasper Gaunt, eds. p. 99, Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Stichting, Amsterdam.