Detail View: The AMICA Library: Red-Figure Lekythos (Oil Jug)

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1978.59
AMICA Library Year: 
1998
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Name: 
Douris
Creator Nationality: 
Greek
Creator Role: 
artist
Gender: 
M
Creator Name-CRT: 
Douris
Title: 
Red-Figure Lekythos (Oil Jug)
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
c. 490 BC
Creation Start Date: 
-492
Creation End Date: 
-488
Materials and Techniques: 
earthenware with slip decoration
Classification Term: 
Ceramic
Classification Term: 
Ceramic
Dimensions: 
Overall: 37.9cm x 14.1cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1978.59
Credit Line: 
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Rights: 
Context: 
Douris was a most versatile painter, creating scenes of great delicacy, as on the Atalanta lekythos (1966.114), and scenes of great power, as here. In the mythological War of the Gods and Giants (Gigantomachy), Athena slays the giant Enkelados with her spear. He reels backward, his eyes rolling skyward. The giant's broken spear is a beautiful compositional bridge between the two figures. This scene may depict the victory of the Greeks (represented by Athena) over the Persians (represented by the Giant) at Marathon in 490 BC.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.1978.59.tif