From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectLekythoi (the plural form of lekythos) are Greek vessels commonly used for storing oils, often olive oil. A squat lekythos is notable for its rounded belly and its small size, rarely being larger than 20cm tall. This lekythos comes from Southern Italy, a region known in the fourth century BC for its Greek colonies and Greek pottery styles. The lightness of the pinkish buff clay used to form this vase means it is likely to have come from the Campanian region, on the lower west coast of Italy around Naples.
The rounded body has a ring foot at the base and a strap handle that arches from the mid-neck to the lower shoulder. The mouth of the vase is flat with a wide spreading lip. The vase has been dipped in a shiny, somewhat metallic black glaze to cover all the external surfaces, and there are two dribbles on the underside. This lekythos has no additional decoration, but often vases like these were decorated with red-figure scenes or carved patterns.
Date Madeca. 350-300 BC
Place NotesSouth Italian, perhaps Campanian
Medium and MaterialsPottery: Ceramic
Style and IconographyCampanian
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
TechniqueGlazing (coating process)
MeasurementsHeight 93mm; Diameter 77mm
Subject and Association KeywordsFood history
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by Mrs Broadhead, 1968. From the collection of Professor H.D. Broadhead.
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