Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

Red-Figure Squat Lekythos (Oil Vessel): Eros and Woman

Red-Figure Squat Lekythos (Oil Vessel): Eros and Woman

c. 400–380 BC

Ceramic

Overall: 11.7 cm (4 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1926.553

Location

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Added clay pellets help to define the figures’ jewelry and other elements, including the ornament above.

Description

This miniature oil vessel dates to the early fourth century BC, a time when red-figure vase painters become more liberal in the use of added white and other colors. Here, both Eros and the woman he pursues have white skin, with blue adorning her garment and his wings, and light brown coloring the added clay used for their jewelry, headbands, and the fronts of his wings. A large red-figure palmette, flanked by tendrils and half-palmettes, occupies the back of the vase.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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