Lekythos

Greek
about 500–490 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 11.2 cm (4 7/16 in.); diameter 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

98.922

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

On shoulder interlacing lotus-buds. On body, female figure mounting a four-horse chariot. Behind her walks Hermes. In field, the Greek inscription, “The boy is handsome, I think.” (Kalos ho pais emoi doke).
Kalos - to the right of the female’s face.
ho pais - to the left of the female’s head in retrograde letters.
emoi doke - around the front of the horses.

Repaired with slight restoration.

Little Lion Class

Inscription

ΗΟΠΑΙS (in retrograde; letters Α and S are not in retrograde)
ΚΑLΟS
ΕΜΟΙΔΟΚΕ

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: sent from Athens; found in Corinth); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund