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Athenian Red-Figured Lekythos

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3700, Athenian Red-Figured Lekythos, Classical Period; c. 450-440 B.C.

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Greek
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: h. 14 in / 37.4 cm

This lekythos, done in red-figure painting, depicts a winged woman chasing a youth. The woman is the goddess of the dawn, Eos, who was said to be very amorous and was often depicted chasing a youth, either Kephalos or Tithonos. In this case the youth is probably Tithonos, shown carrying a lyre. According to mythology, Eos persuaded Zeus to grant Tithonos immortality, but forgot to ask for eternal youth for the boy. Tithonos thus aged and withered over time, tragically unable to die.

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