Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Attributed to the Painter of the New York Hypnos, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Painter of the New York Hypnos
ca. 440–430 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; white-ground
H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.43a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death) transporting the body of a dead youth

Despite the incomplete and damaged condition of the vase, it is remarkable for the sensitivity of the drawing and for the preserved polychromy.
Said to be from near Athens

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Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 468, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Shapiro, Harvey Alan. 1993. Personifications in Greek Art: The Representation of Abstract Concepts, 600-400 B.C.. pp. 144–45, 248, fig. 79, Zürich: Akanthus.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Thanatos, no. 18, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Oakley, John H. 2004. Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi. p. 128, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.