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Image of Red-Figure Lekythos with Flute-Player 1559



Bowdoin Painter


Red-Figure Lekythos with Flute-Player

Creation Date

ca. 490 B.C.E.


ca. 490 B.C.E.


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

Object Type


Creation Place

Ancient Mediterranean, Greek

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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