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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) Attributed to the Sappho Painter Period: Archaic Date: ca. 500 B.C. Culture: Greek, Attic Medium: Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground  Dimensions: H. 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm); diameter 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm) | Helios (the Sun) rises in his quadriga (4-horse chariot); above, Nyx (Night) driving away to the left and Eos (the goddess of dawn) to the right; Herakles offering sacrifice at altar. | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) Attributed to the Sappho Painter Period: Archaic Date: ca. 500 B.C. Culture: Greek, Attic Medium: Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground Dimensions: H. 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm); diameter 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm) | Helios (the Sun) rises in his quadriga (4-horse chariot); above, Nyx (Night) driving away to the left and Eos (the goddess of dawn) to the right; Herakles offering sacrifice at altar. | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) ca. 500 B.C. Thetis in chariot with winged horses flying over the sea accompanied by the messenger gods, Iris and Hermes.  This scene may reflect a passage in the last book of the Iliad (book 24, lines 95-96). Summoned to Mount Olympos, the sea nymph Thetis is ordered by Zeus to convince her son, Achilles, to return the body of his enemy Hector to Priam, the king of Troy, for proper burial.

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) ca. 500 B.C. Thetis in chariot with winged horses flying over the sea accompanied by the messenger gods, Iris and Hermes. This scene may reflect a passage in the last book of the Iliad (book 24, lines 95-96). Summoned to Mount Olympos, the sea nymph Thetis is ordered by Zeus to convince her son, Achilles, to return the body of his enemy Hector to Priam, the king of Troy, for proper burial.

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) Attributed to the Sappho Painter Period: Archaic Date: ca. 500 B.C. Culture: Greek, Attic Medium: Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground  Dimensions: H. 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm); diameter 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm) | Helios (the Sun) rises in his quadriga (4-horse chariot); above, Nyx (Night) driving away to the left and Eos (the goddess of dawn) to the right; Herakles offering sacrifice at altar. | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) Attributed to the Sappho Painter Period: Archaic Date: ca. 500 B.C. Culture: Greek, Attic Medium: Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground Dimensions: H. 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm); diameter 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm) | Helios (the Sun) rises in his quadriga (4-horse chariot); above, Nyx (Night) driving away to the left and Eos (the goddess of dawn) to the right; Herakles offering sacrifice at altar. | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Attributed to the Icarus Painter | Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) | Greek, Attic | Classical | The Met

Attributed to the Icarus Painter | Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) | Greek, Attic | Classical | The Met

Warrior taking leave of his wife (Athenian white-ground lekythos), from Eretria, Greece

Warrior taking leave of his wife (Athenian white-ground lekythos), from Eretria, Greece

Attributed to the Vouni Painter | Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) | Greek, Attic | Classical | The Met

Attributed to the Vouni Painter | Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) | Greek, Attic | Classical | The Met

An Important Attic Black-Figure White-Ground Lekythos Attributed to the Diosphos Painter.Terracotta, Archaic, ca. 500 B.C.E., Attic.  Perseus flying sway with the head of Medusa, while Pegasos springs from her severed neck.  (06.1070)

An Important Attic Black-Figure White-Ground Lekythos Attributed to the Diosphos Painter.Terracotta, Archaic, ca. 500 B.C.E., Attic. Perseus flying sway with the head of Medusa, while Pegasos springs from her severed neck. (06.1070)

Oil flask (lekythos): a man and woman at a tomb.  The tall gravestone is decorated with sashes tied around it by the mourners.  Production place: Athens. Date: around  440 BC. Fired Clay, white-ground technique.

Oil flask (lekythos): a man and woman at a tomb. The tall gravestone is decorated with sashes tied around it by the mourners. Production place: Athens. Date: around 440 BC. Fired Clay, white-ground technique.

RISD Museum: Attributed to Inscription painter, Greek; attic, ca. 475-450 BC. Oil flask (lekythos) depicting a visit to the grave, 470-450 BCE. Terracotta, white-ground. Height: 35 cm (13 3/4 inches). Anonymous gift 69.142.1

RISD Museum: Attributed to Inscription painter, Greek; attic, ca. 475-450 BC. Oil flask (lekythos) depicting a visit to the grave, 470-450 BCE. Terracotta, white-ground. Height: 35 cm (13 3/4 inches). Anonymous gift 69.142.1

"This vessel, known as a bell-krater, was used for mixing wine and water at the Greek symposium."  "The scene illustrates one episode from the myth of Persephone's abduction by Hades recounted in the sixth-century B.C. Homeric Hymn to Demeter."

"This vessel, known as a bell-krater, was used for mixing wine and water at the Greek symposium." "The scene illustrates one episode from the myth of Persephone's abduction by Hades recounted in the sixth-century B.C. Homeric Hymn to Demeter."

White-ground lekythoi were primarily used for storing oil and had a role in funerary rituals. They are often found in tombs.  This lekythos shows a servant presenting a box to her mistress. The presentation is part of a mourning ritual and may commemorate the the passing of the mistress shown here. ca. 460- 450 B.C. ,  earthenware with painted decoration

White-ground lekythoi were primarily used for storing oil and had a role in funerary rituals. They are often found in tombs. This lekythos shows a servant presenting a box to her mistress. The presentation is part of a mourning ritual and may commemorate the the passing of the mistress shown here. ca. 460- 450 B.C. , earthenware with painted decoration

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) Attributed to the Icarus Painter Period: Classical Date: 2nd quarter of 5th century B.C. Culture: Greek, Attic Medium: Terracotta; red-figure, white-ground Woman seated before kalathos (wool basket) The painter here has carefully rendered the wool filling the kalathos. A mirror hangs above.

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) Attributed to the Icarus Painter Period: Classical Date: 2nd quarter of 5th century B.C. Culture: Greek, Attic Medium: Terracotta; red-figure, white-ground Woman seated before kalathos (wool basket) The painter here has carefully rendered the wool filling the kalathos. A mirror hangs above.

Attributed to The Bird Painter, Attic White-ground Lekythos: Visit to the Grave, c. 430 BC | Harvard Art Museums/ Sackler Museum

Attributed to The Bird Painter, Attic White-ground Lekythos: Visit to the Grave, c. 430 BC | Harvard Art Museums/ Sackler Museum

Greek, Attica Attributed to the Reed Painter Lekythos (Oil Bottle), 410/400 B.C.

Greek, Attica Attributed to the Reed Painter Lekythos (Oil Bottle), 410/400 B.C.

Lekythos Attributed to the Athena Painter Period: Classical Date: ca. 480 B.C. Culture: Greek, Attic Medium: Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground

Lekythos Attributed to the Athena Painter Period: Classical Date: ca. 480 B.C. Culture: Greek, Attic Medium: Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground