Attributed to the Achilles Painter / Lekythos (oil flask) / ca. 440 B.C.Attributed to the Achilles Painter
Lekythos (oil flask)
ca. 440 B.C.

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Creator Name: Achilles Painter
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to the Achilles Painter
Title: Lekythos (oil flask)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -44
Creation End Date: -43
Creation Date: ca. 440 B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Vases
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: H. 14 3/4 in. (37.39 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1989.281.72
Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989

This vase which depicts a mourner and the deceased at tomb, exemplifies Attic white-ground funerary lekythoi at their finest. Funerary representations of the sixth century B.C. depicted the deceased surrounded by mourners. By the middle of the fifth century, the deceased was shown either as living or not at all. The figure at the left is a mourner; the deceased is identifiable by the diminutive soul fluttering above his head. The Achilles Painter was one of the foremost red-figure artists of the mid-fifth century B.C. His funerary lekythoi are among the most poignant and beautifully executed.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1989.281.72
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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