Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Phiale Painter

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.

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

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