Terracotta squat lekythos (oil jar)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
early 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Francis Neilson, 1942
Accession Number:
42.201.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Seated woman and Eros on either side of a mound

The seated woman may be Aphrodite. The scene has been connected with rites celebrated for the goddess.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 115, 254, pl. 94h, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1986. Vol. 3: Atherion-Eros. "Eros," p. 918, no. 814, pl. 655, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.