Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Brygos Painter

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 480 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 11 3/16 in. (28.4 cm)
Diameter 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 24.97.28


Although this depiction may be considered an excerpt from a symposium scene (drinking party), it is perfectly satisfactory in itself—partly because it is so masterfully composed. Behind the musician hangs a flute case with the receptacle for the mouthpiece.