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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Associated in style with the Lecce Painter
Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 375–350 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.232.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Woman pushing girl on a swing, youth sitting on an altar, and Hermes

The Aiora and Anthesteria, Athenian festivals dedicated to Dionysos, god of wine, included girls swinging. The Hermaia, celebrating Hermes, the messenger god, featured athletes; the youth here holds a strigil (scraper), and Hermes himself stands by a column suggesting a sacred precinct. The Athenian festivals may have had Apulian counterparts.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1914. "Department of Classical Art Accessions 1913: Vases and Terracottas." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9(11): pp. 234–35, fig. 3.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 116, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 23, p. 93, 309, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Söldner, Magdalene. 1993. "Statuenbasen?." Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, 108: pp. 308 n. 348, 320 n. 414.

Neils, Jenifer, John H. Oakley, and Katherine Hart. 2003. Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past no. 102, pp. 6, 288, New Haven: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.

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