From:UC Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis lekythos was used for storing oils used in funerary rites. This is an incomplete vase; missing the mouth, handle and foot. The surviving portion is badly fired, particularly on the shoulder and at the back, resulting in the discolouration. The neck and the inner face of the handle were reserved (not painted with clay slip).
On the shoulder, five black-figure palmettes with a zone of bars above, at the base of the neck. On the body of the vase is a woman wearing a chiton (draped garment of clothing worn by both men and women) and himation (cloak), with her hair in a sakkos (a soft woven cap worn to cover the hair). She turns back towards the left of the vase, extending a phiale (a shallow libation bowl) over a mound-altar.
MakerAttributed to the Aischines Painter
Date Madeca. 475-450 BC
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: Pottery
Style and IconographyRed-figure
Style and IconographyAttic
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
TechniqueRed-figure vase painting
MeasurementsHeight 143mm; Diameter 71mm.
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, 1953.
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