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Red-Figure Squat Lekythos (Oil Vessel): Birth of Erichthonios

Red-Figure Squat Lekythos (Oil Vessel): Birth of Erichthonios

c. 420–410 BC

attributed to Meidias Painter

(Greek, Attic, active c. 420-400 BC)

Ceramic, with gilding

Diameter: 18.6 cm (7 5/16 in.); Diameter of mouth: 8.7 cm (3 7/16 in.); Overall: 30.3 cm (11 15/16 in.); Diameter of foot: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1982.142



"Here there is beauty: The gleam of gold, loves and ladies with soft limbs, in soft raiment, and all that is shining, easeful and luxurious: perfume, honey and roses." So J.D. Beazley, the renowned connoisseur of Greek vases, described the work of the Meidias Painter, one of the last great Athenian vase painters.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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