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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Amasis Painter

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550–530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.15 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.11.10
  • Description

    On the shoulder, a seated woman, perhaps a goddess, is approached by four youths and eight dancing maidens
    On the body, women are making woolen cloth.

    One of the most important responsibilities of women was the preparation of wool and the weaving of cloth. Here, in the center, two women work at an upright loom. To the right, three women weigh wool. Farther to the right, four women spin wool into yarn, while between them finished cloth is being folded.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Attica (Richter 1931, p. 289).

    Acquired September 28, 1931, purchased from C.T. Seltman, Esq., Cambridge, UK.

  • References

    McClees, Helen. 1924. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 41, fig. 47.

    McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 39, 41, fig. 47.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. New York: Plantin Press, p. 15, fig. 93.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 39, 41, fig. 47.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 58, 197, pl. 37i.

    Crowfoot, Grace. 1956[1954]. "Textiles, Basketry, and Mats." A History of Technology: From Early Times to the Fall of Ancient Empires, Vol. 1, 3rd edn, Charles Singer, Eric John Holmyard, and Alfred Rupert Hall, eds. Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 444, fig. 281.

    Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. New York: Hacker Art Books, pp. 154, 688, no. 57, Add. 1, pp. 150-58.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich and Alan L. Boegehold. 1985. The Amasis Painter and His World: Vase-Painting in Sixth-Century B.C. Athens. Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, no. 48, pp. 47, 185-87, 201.

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 1985. The Amasis Painter and His World: Vase-Painting in Sixth-Century B.C. Athens. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, no. 48, pp. 9, 15, fig. 5.

    1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide: Works of Art Selected by Philippe De Montebello. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd. 2003. Aphrodite's Tortoise: The Veiled Woman of Ancient Greece. London: Classical Press of Wales, p. 222, figs. 150a, 150b.

    Neils, Jenifer, Lesley A. Beaumont, and H. Alan Shapiro. 2003. "Children and Greek Religion." Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past, Jenifer Neils, John H. Oakley, and Katherine Hart, eds. New Haven: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, p. 151, fig. 10.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 73, pp. 76, 420.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 68.

  • See also
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