Oil flask (lekythos) with youth playing lyre
Early Classical Period
about 470 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 135.
Height: 27.7 cm (10 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)
A youth squatts with his weight on his right foot, his left foot advanced. Hi cloak (himation) hangs over his left shoulder, as he plays the lyre (barbitos). He leans back, and looks up, with lips parted, about to sing. The plektron for plucking the strings is attached to the lyre by a red cord. The sound-board is made of the shell of a tortoise. Brown dilute glaze is used for the youth’s whiskers, forehead hair, and for a line representing the mustache.
Inscribed in Greek above his head in the field: “Handsome” (KALOS).
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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912