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Red-Figure Lekythos with Flute-Player

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Bowdoin Painter


Red-Figure Lekythos with Flute-Player

Creation Date

ca. 490 BCE


5th century BCE


7 13/16 in. x 2 13/16 in. (19.9 cm. x 7.2 cm.)

Object Type


Creation Place

Ancient Mediterranean, Greece

Medium and Support


Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926


Public Domain

Accession Number


This lekythos, or oil flask, depicts a young man seated on a chair playing double flutes, or auloi. Behind him hangs a carrying case for his instruments. The painter’s name is unknown, but his hand is evident on over 250 vases that survive from antiquity. The noted archaeologist Sir John Beazley identified the first example of this painter’s work at Bowdoin College, thus the artist’s ‘name’, the “Bowdoin Painter.” Vases by the “Bowdoin Painter” can be found in many Museums around the world including the Staatliche Antikensammlungen in Munich, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and the British Museum in London.

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