Funerary marker in the form of an oil flask (lekythos)

Greek
Late Classical Period
c. 390 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 75.

Dimensions

Height: 115 cm (45 1/4 in.) 490 LBS DV

Accession Number

63.1040

Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

On this large stone lekythos (a grave marker) the main scene shows a mature woman heavily draped and seated on a chair (klismos.) Her name, Nikagora, is inscribed. A mature man wearing a mantle draped over his left shoulder stands before her and his name, Timasitheos, is also given. The couple clasp their right hands in a tender farewell gesture known as dexiosis. Behind the seated woman, a more diminutive female figure stands, draped in a mantle. Her hair is contained in a sakkos, and it is likely she is a servant.

As with several similar examples (see Ny Carlsberg, Copenhagen), this one shows faint traces of painted floral decoration on the shoulder and a meander below the relief

Provenance

By 1963, John J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York; 1963, gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 19, 1963)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman