Douris / Red-Figure Lekythos (Oil Jug) / c. 490 BCDouris
Red-Figure Lekythos (Oil Jug)
c. 490 BC

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Creator Name: Douris
Creator Nationality: Greek
Creator Role: Artist
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Douris
Title: Red-Figure Lekythos (Oil Jug)
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: -49
Creation End Date: -48
Creation Date: c. 490 BC
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: earthenware with slip decoration
Dimensions: Overall: 37.9cm x 14.1cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1978.59
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Context: Douris was a most versatile painter, creating scenes of great delicacy, as on the Atalanta lekythos (1966.114), and scenes of great power, as here. In the mythological War of the Gods and Giants (Gigantomachy), Athena slays the giant Enkelados with her spear. He reels backward, his eyes rolling skyward. The giant's broken spear is a beautiful compositional bridge between the two figures. This scene may depict the victory of the Greeks (represented by Athena) over the Persians (represented by the Giant) at Marathon in 490 BC.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1978.59
AMICA Library Year: 1998
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