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Lekythos (Attic red-figure ware)
450 BCE

43.3 × 12.4 × 12.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Attica, Greece
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1980
© Public Domain
Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
Tall, slender-bodied vessel with a pronounced, angular shoulder and cup-mouth; a single handle. Decorated in lustrous black-glaze, with a red-figure scene of Oedipus and the Sphinx. The Sphinx sits to the left, with a youthful human head with curly hair, the body of a lion, and wings. To the right stands Oedipus, wearing a cloak and petasos behind his neck and holding a tall staff in the centre. Below the scene is a zigzag border. Above is a band of meander and saltires. On the shoulder are three black-figure palmettes. The exterior edge of the foot is reserved.