Oil flask (lekythos) with youth playing lyre

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 470 B.C.
Douris


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 135.

Dimensions

Height: 27.7 cm (10 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.194

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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).

Inscription

"Handsome" (KALOS)

KALOS

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