Black-Figure Lekythos (Storage Vessel) (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

ca. 510-500 B.C.
Greek (Attic)
Ceramics
Containers-Vessels
terracotta
Overall: 8 × 4 1/4 in. (20.32 × 10.8 cm)
60.21

“But Zeus’s daughter Athena spurred the Argives on-Athena first in glory, third-born of the gods-whenever she saw some slacker hanging back.” – Homer, Iliad

The goddess Athena accompanies three heavily armed soldiers (hoplites) as they charge into battle while a white-robed charioteer guides the chariot.

Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
"The Horse in Ancient Greek Art", VMFA, February 17 – July 8, 2018

Peter Schertz and Nicole Stribling, editors. The Horse in Ancient Greek Art. National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg, VA: October, 2017), p. 106, No. 38, ill., p. 136.
February 1960 (Nicolas Koutoulakis, Paris); purchased by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond; accessioned into VMFA collection February 17, 1960. [1]

[1] Information in VMFA Curatorial and Registration records.
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

Some object records are not complete and do not reflect VMFA's full and current knowledge. VMFA makes routine updates as records are reviewed and enhanced.