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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the manner of Elbows Out
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm) diameter of body 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) diameter of mouth 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) width of resting surface 1/4 in. (0.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Gift, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Cock between two men

Elbows Out, the Affecter's colleague, derives his name from his distinctive stylistic idiosyncrasy. Cocks were popular gifts between men. Cockfighting, moreover, was an established pastime in the sixth century B.C. Athens. One can well imagine this lekythos being used in the gymnasium.
[Until 1985, with Galerie Antike Kunst Palladion, Basel, Switzerland]; acquired in 1985, purchased from the Galerie Palladion.
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. 37-8.

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