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

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Sappho Painter
ca. 500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground
H. 16 13/16 in. (42.7 cm); diameter 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
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.
Said to be from Attica

Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 93, Gallatin pl. 44.2a–c, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Haspels, Caroline Henriette Emilie. 1936. Attic Black-Figured Lekythoi. pp. 97 n. 4, 123, 225 n. 5, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Beazley, John D. 1942. "Reviewed Work : Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: U. S. A. Fasc. 8, Fogg Museum and Gallatin Collections by G. H. Chase, M. Z. Pease." The Journal of Hellenic Studies, 62: p. 99.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 74 n. 81, 217, pl. 57e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. pp. 507, 702, no. 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Lacroix Leon. 1974. Etudes d'Archeologie Numismatique. pp. 88–89, pl. 19, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1981. Vol. 1: Aara-Aphlad. "Amphitrite," p. 727, no. 29, pl. 580, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1990. Vol. 5: Herakles-Kenchrias. Hermes, no. 740; Iris I, no. 85, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

1992. Vol. 6: Kentauroi-Oiax Nereides, no. 14, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Gebauer, Jörg. 2002. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. p. 368, Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.