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Oil flask (lekythos) in the form of an acorn with scene of bridal preparations

Greek
410–400 B.C.
Manner of the Meidias Painter


Place of Manufacture, Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 169.

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 16.2 x 6 cm (6 3/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

95.1402

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Oil bottle molded in the form of an acorn. In the center a woman painted white, probably a bride, turns to the left, at her feet Eros ties her sandals. To the left left a woman carries a tray; at right a woman fingers her necklace. All three women wear diadems. Some details in relief with added clay were probably gilded.

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This acorn-shaped lekythos was found in the grave of a Peloponnesian woman along with the nearby lekythos 00.353. The painter has depicted a bride preparing for her wedding. She is assisted by Eros and other young women.

Provenance

By 1895: Anonymous collection (said to have been found at Aigion, but also said to have been found between Patras and Pyrgos) [this provenance applies to 96.717-96.718 and 95.1402-95.1403, all having been found together]; Anonymous gift to MFA, 1896

Credit Line

Anonymous gift