Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Providence Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157

On the body, Artemis. On the shoulder, Nike

The Providence Painter, one of the most gifted followers of the Berlin Painter, specialized in small shapes, notably Nolan amphorae (jars) and lekythoi. On this work he depicts Artemis, the sister of Apollo and goddess of the hunt. Drawing an arrow from her quiver, she hastens forward, about to shoot. The fawn running beside her is present not only as an attribute but also as an indication of the goddess's swiftness. On the shoulder of the vase, Nike—a personification of victory—is shown in flight, adding further to this display of the human form and female dress in motion.

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Attributed to the Providence Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.