Painted white-ground terracotta
Overall: 31.8 cm (12 1/2 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1966.114
Funeral rites in ancient Greece involved the dedication of special vessels, such as this exquisite white-ground oil container called a lekythos. The delicacy of line, complex composition, and well-preserved condition distinguish this vase as one of the finest of its type to have survived from antiquity.
The extraordinary intact conditon of the fragile white ground and the spirited yet delicate drawing have made the vase renowned as one of the finest white ground lekythoi in existence. Atalanta, who would marry only the man who could beat her in a foot race, is here being teased by three Erotes, winged gods of love. Each figure is identified by name: EPOS and ATALANTE. Douris was an Athenian vase painter who was active from about 500–460 BC.
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