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  - Lekythos of the Krotala Group, Little Lion Class
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  - Part of a hand-shaped lamp-holder
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  - Horse's jaws
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Lekythos of the Krotala Group, Little Lion Class

Attic, 6th century B.C.

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H 11.5 cm
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Black-figure technique with incised details. On the shoulder two big cats and on the body a representation of heroic deeds: two Phrygian horsemen fighting with two hoplites.

The shape, shoulder, decoration, subject and drawing style belong to lekythoi assigned to the Little Lion Class, named by Emilie Haspels (her 1936 book Attic Black Figured-Lekythoi has remained the standard on lekythoi since its publication) for the lions sometimes represented on the shoulder. They were made in the workshop of the Sappho and Diosphos Painters; the shoulder lions were the invention of the Sappho Painter.
The lekythoi of the Little Lion Class have a quite specific form: broad oval body tapering noticeably in the lower part toward a foot in the form of a thin disk with its reserved edge. The shoulder is almost horizontal and flat, the neck high, the slender lip widening towards the top.
The composition is skillfully constructed. The silhouettes are highlighted with added red (on the shields and on the horses), the details are picked out with precised engraved lines.
Provenance: French collection of Mr A.A.
Literature: Bibliography:
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: The J. Paul Getty Museum: Fascicule 2
Andrew J. Clark
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: Attic black-figure vases from the Necropolis of Pantikapaion
E. B. Anan╩╣ich
Vase Painting, Gender, and Social Identity in Archaic Athens
Mark D. Stansbury-O'Donnell

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