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Red-Figure Lekythos (Oil Container)

circa 470 BCE
5th century BCE
36.5 cm (14 3/8 in.)

Attributed to the Oionokles Painter Primary

Object Type: ceramic
Artist Nationality: Europe, Greek-Attic
Medium and Support: Terracotta
Credit Line: Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund and the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Foundation, 1980
            
               Accession Number:                1980.63             
            
Object Description: Winged Nike, the goddess of victory, extends a libation bowl with her right hand and holds a kithara (harp) with her left. Representations of Nike became especially popular in Attic pottery in the years after the Greek victory in the wars with the Persians (490–479 BCE). The reddish color on the back of the vessel indicates that the gloss did not fire properly in the kiln.

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