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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:
8 3/4in. (22.2cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.60.64
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
Alexander, Christine. 1929. "Miscellaneous Accessions in the Classical Department." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24(7): pp. 201, 203, fig. 1.

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

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, 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, Anneliese, 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. Eros, no. 536, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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