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Oil flask (lekythos)

Greek
Classical Period
450–425 B.C.
the Achilles Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

30.7 cm (12 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

93.105

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

Out on Loan

Out On Loan

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Two women talking. The one at the left stands in profile, and wears bright red dress (chiton). The one at the right extends a shallow, footed bowl (plemochoë) towards the other. Her dress (chiton) has red stripes, and her cloak (himation) is deep red. Between the two women is the Greek inscription “Lichas is handsome.” (LIXAS KALOS).

Inscription

"Lichas is handsome" (LIXAS KALOS)
The sigmas are probably simplifications of four-stroke sigmas.
ΛΙΧΑΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ

Provenance

By date unknown: with Mr. de Caix de Saint-Aymour in Paris (according to MFA Pottery Register: said to have been found in the island of Euboea, at Eretria); purchased from him by an Anonymous donor (Edward Perry Warren); gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, March 1893

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren