Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Sabouroff Painter

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 450 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; white-ground

Dimensions: H. 12 7/16 in. (31.6 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1921

Accession Number: 21.88.17


Hermes, identifiable by his winged boots and herald's staff, beckons a young man, the deceased, toward Charon's boat. Charon wears the clothing typical of a Greek workman—the exomis, a tunic that is fastened on one shoulder and leaves both arms free and bare, and a cap with a narrow brim.