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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Resembles rather early work of the Achilles Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 9/16 in. (34.4 cm); diameter 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.139
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Poseidon pursuing woman

Poseidon's identity is established by his very businesslike trident, which occupies the center of the vase. The seriousness of his pursuit is indicated by the way in which his hand grasps the woman's wrist. This is a traditional gesture of possession and, again, it is given prominence in the composition.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 103, Gallatin pl. 58.5, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 72, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1004, middle, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Padgett, J. Michael. 2017. The Berlin Painter and His World : Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. no. 42, pp. 287–88, New Haven: Yale University Press.

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