White-ground oil flask (lekythos) with an oil-merchant's shop
about 510-490 B.C.
the Gela Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Height: 24.6 cm (9 11/16 in.); diameter: 9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Black Figure, White Ground
Three red-bearded men wearing mantles (himatia) and red head bands or wreaths are seated on folding stools with animal legs. The one at the left holds what looks like a flower in his right hand, and two staffs or long stalks with three-part, flower-like heads appear beside him. The middle man holds a rod in his right hand, and a staff with split end leans against his leg. The man at the right turns his head back to the others and holds a round object (probably a coin) in his right hand. A staff with split end leans agains his knee.
Four amphorae with incised central band are distributed between the men, and six lekythoi (small one-handled oil bottles) hang on the wall. A Doric column is at the right.
Condition: Repaired with restorations.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought from a man always truthful in Rome. He said it was from Terra Nuova [Gela].); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund