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Terracotta aryballos (flask)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

The interest of the vase lies in the Etruscan inscription incised around the shoulder. It reads, "I am the little lekythos of Lartha, daughter of Telikles." The name Telikles is of Greek origin, and the Etruscan word used for "little lekythos" is a diminutive derived from the Greek term for an oil flask. It is noteworthy also that while the decorative ornament perfectly fits the available space, the inscription runs beyond the shoulder into the field below.

Terracotta aryballos (flask), Terracotta, Etruscan

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