Terracotta lekythos (oil jar)

Attributed to the Painter of Palermo 4

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Nike with an oinochoe (jug) above an altar

The point of reference for a vase such as this one is difficult to identify. The image probably represents a libation offered for a victory. It is unclear whether the lekythos was purely funerary in function. If so, the vase may have served for the burial of an athlete.

Terracotta lekythos (oil jar), Attributed to the Painter of Palermo 4, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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