From:UC Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis squat lekythos was a container for oil and perfume, and would have primarily been used by women. Fittingly such vessels often featured images of the goddess Aphrodite, or of women in idyllic gardens.
On the body of this lekythos, two women are in a garden. The woman at the left stands holding a phiale (an offering bowl), while the other woman is seated on a rock. She has her right hand extended and is holding a sash.
As talented as ancient Greek craftspeople were, sometimes mistakes were made in the potting processes. In the case of this vessel, it appears that it was misfired, giving the pot an unusual grey tone.
MakerAttributed to the APZ (Apulianizing) Painter
Date Madeca. 330-300 BCE
Medium and MaterialsPottery; Ceramic
Style and IconographyCampanian
Style and IconographyRed-figure
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
TechniqueSlip trailing (relief line)
MeasurementsHeight 250 mm; Diameter 126 mm
Subject and Association KeywordsClothing and dress
Subject and Association KeywordsWomen in art
Subject and Association KeywordsPlants in art
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by Mrs Broadhead, 1968. From the collection of H.D. Broadhead.
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