Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Attributed to the Achilles Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Achilles Painter
ca. 440 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; white-ground
H. 14 3/4 in. (37.39 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Mourner and the deceased at tomb

This vase exemplifies Attic white-ground funerary lekythoi at their finest. Funerary representations of the sixth century B.C. depicted the deceased surrounded by mourners. By the middle of the fifth century, the deceased was shown either as living or not at all. The figure at the left is a mourner; the deceased is identifiable by the diminutive soul fluttering above his head.
#1052. Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Part 1
#1458. Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Part 2
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By 1974, collection of Norbert Schimmel; acquired October 10, 1989, gift of the Norbert Schimmel Trust.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1990. "One Hundred Twentieth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1989 through June 30, 1990." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 120: p. 26.

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Oakley, John H. 1997. The Achilles Painter. no. 234, pp. 67-9, 146, pl. 123, a, b, Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

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Galitz, Kathryn. 2016. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings. no. 20, p. 26, New York: Skira.

Brulé, Pierre. 2017. "Les funérailles : Les rites funéraires dans le monde grec." Rituels Grecs : Une Expérience Sensible, Evelyne Ugaglia and Adeline Grand-Clément, eds. p. 136, fig. 30, Toulouse: Musée Saint-Raymond, Musée des Antiques de Toulouse.