Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Sappho Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154

Thetis in chariot with winged horses flying over the sea accompanied by the messenger gods, Iris and Hermes.

This scene may reflect a passage in the last book of the Iliad (book 24, lines 95-96). Summoned to Mount Olympos, the sea nymph Thetis is ordered by Zeus to convince her son, Achilles, to return the body of his enemy Hector to Priam, the king of Troy, for proper burial.

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

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