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Lekythos with Hermes and Iris
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Lekythos with Hermes and Iris


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Description The ancient Greeks conceived of their messenger gods-divinities who carried messages to other gods or humans-as winged, alluding to their swiftness and their ability to go anywhere. Iris and Hermes were the main messenger gods in Greek mythology; Iris primarily served Zeus and Hera, the king and queen of the gods. This small oil container bears a rare representation of both messengers together.
Exhibitions
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
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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Creator
Period
ca. 500 BCE (Late Archaic)
Medium
terracotta; black figure
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.230
Measurements
8 7/16 x 2 11/16 in. (21.5 x 6.9 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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