Oil flask (lekythos) with sacrificial procession

Greek
Archaic Period
about 520–510 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 014.

Dimensions

Height: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.195

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This lekythos shows a sacrificial procession moving to right. On the right, a girl leads a procession to the place of sacrifice, holding a ritual basket on her head. Called a “basket carrier” (kanephoros), she is followed by two adorned cows attended by two wreathed youths. Before her an Ionic column with a decorative fillet tied around it. The fillet on the column, the halters of cows, and the branches held by youths are painted in purple. Purple and white woolen fillets hang from horns of cows. Palmette design under handle. Black palmetttes around shoulder. On lip, inscription: “Gales made [it]” (see inscription field).

Inscription

"Gales made [it]" (on lip)
ΓΑΛΕΣ ΕΠΟΙΕΣΕΝ

Signed

"Gales made [it]"

Provenance

By 1912: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Gela.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912