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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) in the form of a flying Eros

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
2nd half of the 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 22.20 cm.
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.60.64
  • Description

    Although vases in figural form were known in Greek art since early Archaic times, during the fourth century B.C. a particularly elaborate combination of vase and terracotta developed. This fine example was originally embellished with color. Eros holds an incense burner.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 116, 255, pl. 95g.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Eros, no. 536.

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