Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Phiale Painter

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 440 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 17 7/16 in. (44.3 cm); diameter 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1917

Accession Number: 17.230.35

Description

Poseidon, the brother of Zeus and Hades, was the god of the sea. He also created fresh water springs; and the great springs at Lerna in the southern Peloponnesos gushed forth as a result of his pursuit of Amymone, the daughter of the king of Argos.

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