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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Painter of Munich 2335
ca. 440 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; white-ground
H. 15 7/16 in. (39.1 cm); diameter 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of Julius Sachs, 1934
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Two women at tomb

In the center, an altar stands before the burial mound. On the left, a woman approaches with fillets (bands). On the right, another woman pours water form a kalpis (water jar), which she holds by the horizontal handles. This representation provides a rare picture of a ritual being performed at a tomb.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1934. "Notes: Two Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 29(4): p. 70.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 100, 243, pl. 83c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1168, no. 131, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Rupp, David. 1980. "Altars as Funerary Monuments on Attic White Lekythoi." American Journal of Archaeology, 84(4): pp. 524 n. 4, 526, fig. 4, pl. 64.

Tiverios, Michalis A. 1989. Perikleia Panathenaia: A Krater of the Painter of Munich 2335. pp. 83, 95, Thessalonikē: Andromeda Oxford Limited.

Langridge-Noti, Elizabeth. 2003. "Mourning at the Tomb: A Re-evaluation of the Sphinx Monument on Attic Black-figured Pottery." Archäologischer Anzeiger, 1: p. 151 n 54.

Oakley, John H. 2004. Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi. p. 198, fig. 160, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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