Oil flask (lekythos) with woman and servant girl

Greek
Classical Period
about 440 B.C.
the Achilles Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 052; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 102.

Dimensions

Overall: 38.4 x 13 cm (15 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.201

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This scene depicts a woman and her servant girl, who approaches her with her jewelry box. The woman on the right is well-attired in a yellow dress (chiton) and deep red mantle (himation). On the left, a girl stands holding a box. She wears a diaphanous sleeveless dress (peplos). In field to left, a hairbag (sakkos) and a pitcher (oinochoë) hang on the wall. Between the figures is the Greek inscription: “Axiopeithes, son of Alkimachos, is handsome” (AXIOPEITHES KALOS ALKIMAXO).

Inscription

"Axiopeithes, son of Alkimachos, is handsome" (AXIOPEITHES KALOS ALKIMAXO)
The letters placed stoichedon.

ΑΞΙΟΠΕΙΘΗS
ΚΑΛΟS
ΑΛΚΙΜΑΧΟ

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912