Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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This terracotta oil flask celebrates ancient Greek might at sea. Athena, the goddess of war and the patron saint of Athens, wears her customary helmet. She holds a spear in one hand and the curved stern of a warship in the other. This vase may commemorate an Athenian victory following the city-state’s major investment in enlarging their navy.

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