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Baltimore, Hopkins BMA 41.133

White-Ground Lekythos 440-420 B.C.

41.133. (P.2468 on underside of foot.) Baltimore Museum of Art, gift of Blanche Adler. Ht, 28.7 cm; diam mouth, 5.8 cm; diam foot, 5.2 cm. Chipped all over.

Color of figure scene and ornament fired red. Nude maiden, seen in right profile, carries a duck in her extended hands and approaches a grave stele on stepped base. On other side of stele is youth in left profile with right arm extended. He is draped in a red cloak.

Upper surface of lip reserved. On shoulder beneath single line is palmette scheme of three five-petal palmettes entwined in volutes. Central palmette inverted, other two turned toward handle. Upper border of picture consists of meander grouped in threes, alternately leftward and rightward, separated by saltire squares. Two lines above and beneath. Single line under picture.

Like the previous example, this lekythos can also be attributed to an artist of the Bird Group, a workshop headed by the Bird Painter, whose work this vessel particularly recalls, both in the configuration of the palmette pattern and in the less emphatic poignancy of the representation.1 In contrast to the maiden on the preceding vase, the figure on our example has more delicate features, with a shorter face and a more subtly rounded profile of the nose.2

1 ARV2, 1231-235; Para., 467; Kurtz 1975, 52-55. Compare ARV2, 1233, no. 23, a comparison I owe to D. Kurtz.

2 See ARV2, 1687-688, and Para., 467, for his late and fine style. See also F. Felton, AthMitt 91 (1976):99-100.

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