Lekanis

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
about 320–310 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 078.

Dimensions

10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.203a-b

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The pyxis is covered with a dark greenish glaze; the cover has two female heads in dark glaze, yellow and white; the decoration is poor and coarse.
The lid has two female heads in kekryphaloi to left. Both women are adorned with earrings, necklace, and radiate stephane, all yellow. The sakkoi have detailing in yellow. In front of one head is a yellow ivy leaf; before the other, a flower. In each case, the hair at the back is tied with a yellow fillet. Between the heads are two large, triangular palmettes. On the top of the handle is a black palmette. There are dentil-like tongues around the overhanging rim and between the handles of the bowl.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, # 78 - (98.2203a-b)
Lekanis with Lid
about 320-310 B. C.
The lid has two female heads in kekryphaloi to left. Both women are adorned with earrings, necklace, and radiate stephane, all yellow. The sakkoi have detailing in yellow. In front of one head is a yellow ivy leaf; before the other, a flower. In each case, the hair at the back is tied with a yellow fillet. Between the heads are two large, triangular palmettes. On the top of the handle is a black palmette. There are dentil-like tongues around the overhanging rim and between the handles on the bowl.

Provenance

By date unknown: William Sturgis Bigelow Collection; Gift of Dr. W. S. Bigelow to MFA, June 7, 1989

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection