Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Associated in style with the Lecce Painter

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.

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Associated in style with the Lecce Painter, Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Apulian

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View #1: woman pushing little girl on a swing; below, boy seated on an altar.