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Fragment of a terracotta plate

Attributed to Lydos
ca. 550 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
2 15/16 × 2 3/8 × 5/16 in. (7.4 × 6 × 0.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Nicholas S. Zoullas Gift, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Two male figures, one possibly the god Hermes

Like the inside of a cup, the central portion of a plate required an artist to compose his subject within a circle. The verticality of the figures here suggests that Lydos provided a horizontal ground line for them. His artistic personality is evident in the breadth of his figures and the controlled execution of detail.
[Until 1985, with Galerie Antike Kunst Palladion, Basel, Switzerland]; acquired in 1985, purchased from the Galerie Palladion.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and Alan L. Boegehold. 1985. The Amasis Painter and His World: Vase-Painting in Sixth-Century B.C. Athens. pp. 40-1, 56, fig. 25, n. 48, Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1985. "One Hundred Fifteenth Annual report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1984 through June 30, 1985." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 115: p. 38.

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