Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Painter of Munich 2335

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159

Mother, boy, and Charon

Charon, the ferryman, transported the deceased across the river separating the world of the living from that of the dead. The reality of this journey to the ancient Greeks is reflected in the many representations of Charon and his charges. Here he awaits a woman and a little boy who is undoubtedly the deceased. The child is elevated on a rock and motions to his mother with one hand while holding his go-cart with the other.

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Attributed to the Painter of Munich 2335, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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