8 June 2004
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED LEKYTHOS
ATTRIBUTED TO THE ATHENA PAINTER, CIRCA 500-490 B.C.
With Achilles and Polyxena at the fountain, Polyxena moving left but looking back, wearing a long chiton and a himation, her left arm outstretched behind her, her right arm raised above her head, her hydria on the ground catching the water flowing from the lion head spout, a crow perched above with its head turned back, a large tree to the right, Achilles crouching behind waiting in ambush, armed with a spear and shield, a tripod as the blazon, his quiver at his right side, wearing a short chiton, corslet and crested helmet; a band of net-pattern and thin lines above, five palmettes and dots on the shoulders, vertical lines above, some details in added red and white
11 7/16 in. (29.1 cm.) high
Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, Auction 40, 13 December 1969, lot 77.
Oscar Blum Gentilomo, 1903-1975.
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For a black-figured white-ground lekythos, also by the Athena Painter, with a similar treatment of the subject, see no. 246 in Kossatz-Deissmann, "Achilleus" in LIMC.
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