Oil flask (lekythos)

Greek
Classical Period
about 450–425 B.C.
Attributed to the Thanatos Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

27.5 cm (10 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

09.69

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This scene depicts two mourners at a tomb. To left of the funerary stele, which is decorated with fillets, is a woman holding an oil bottle (alabastron). To the right of her head is the Greek inscription: “Phaidimos is handsome” (PHAIDIMOS KALOS).
To right of the stele is a youth in a red cloak (himation), carrying a staff. Above the scene is a maeander border.

Condition: Broken at the neck and base, and put together.

Inscription

"Phaidimos is handsome" (PHAIDIMOS KALOS)
ΦΑΙΔΙΜΟS ΚΑΛΟS

Provenance

By date unknown: with Richard Norton; February 9, 1909: purchased by MFA through Richard Norton for $ 260.00 (this is the total price for 09.69-09.70)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution