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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Achilles Painter

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 440 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/4 in. (37.39 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.281.72
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    By 1974, collection of Norbert Schimmel; acquired October 10, 1989, gift of the Norbert Schimmel Trust.

  • References

    Muscarella, Oscar White. 1974. Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, no. 63.

    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. 156, pp. 139, 435.

    Sparkes, Brian. 2011. Greek Art, Papers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 40, 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. x, 99, 101, 106, 114, fig. 31.

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