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Terracotta squat lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Painter of Munich 2363
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 440–430 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.11.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Amazons

The subject is unclear. Indistinct lines indicating the terrain show that the archer is lying on the ground, either asleep or dead. The other figure seems to be coming to rouse her. The open eye on the shield identifies the critical element in the situation—will the fallen figure open her eyes or not?
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. "Newly Acquired Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 35(2): pp. 39–40, fig. 6.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 854, no. 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1981. Vol. 1: Aara-Aphlad. "Amazones," p. 633, no. 765, pl. 521, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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. Penthesileia, no. 37, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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