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Lekythos with Three Amazons
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Lekythos with Three Amazons


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Description Three Amazons on this black-figure lekythos face right, and appear to march one after the other. Their skin is white, but their facial features, eroded or rubbed away, are indistinguishable. Each wears a helmet, holds a long spear and has a horizontal quiver. The middle figure holds both hands near her waist; the other two have one hand raised. Amazons are first mentioned in the "Iliad" (6.186) as allies of the Trojans; later authors emphasize their fearlessness and their status as foreigners. They were introduced on Attic vases in the early 6th century BC, and quickly became a popular subject. Early black-figure depictions of Amazons resemble Greek warriors, with one notable difference-their white skin color, which identifies them as "women." In red-figure vases, the Amazons acquire more feminine features and bodies, and their foreigness is emphasized by their attire: Scythian or Thracian clothing and subsequently Persian garb. In some places in Greece, Amazons were the object of cult. Jennifer Larson (1995, 111-16) has suggested that despite the fact that they were considered hostile to the Greeks, their complete otherness from the Greek way of life also gave them protective powers and entitled them to be worshiped as heroines.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/26/1974Treatmentreconstructed; loss compensation
9/19/2007Treatmenttechnical analysis; stabilized; loss compensation
2/03/2011Treatmentstabilized
Exhibitions
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
Provenance Joseph Brummer, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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Period
ca. 500 BCE (Archaic)
Medium
terracotta, wheel made; black figure with white paint
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.249
Measurements
H: 8 1/16 x Diam: 2 3/8 in. (20.5 x 6 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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