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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


Country of Origin, for Customs, Greece, , Place of Manufacture, Athens, Attica

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