Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
About 320–300 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 123.


9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Gnathian Ware

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Decorations: white rays about the neck: below, a circle of white and a broader one of yellow: and on the shoulder a network of narrow white lines. Neck repaired. Painted over.

Squat Lekythos
about 320-300 B.C.
There are yellow rays on the neck; a yellow stripe framed by white stripes nearly circles the shoulder, stopping at the handle. Circling the body is a broad band of white, crosshatched lines forming a net-pattern. A red stripe framed by white stripes circles the lower body above the foot.
This type of decoration is more commonly found on taller lekythoi or bottles, such as cat. nos. 124 and 125. Compare CVA University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, pl. 37, 5; Hayes, Black-Gloss, pp. 150-152, no. 250; CVA Copenhagen 7, pl. 277, 8; CVA Fogg Museum, pl. 36.11; CVA Gotha 2, pl. 85, 1; CVA Stuttgard 1, pl. 60, 11-13, and CVA Taranto, pl. 1,5.


Said to be from Cumae (according to Vase-Painting in Italy, p. 201); by date unknown: Miss Helen Griggs Collection; loaned to MFA by Miss Helen Griggs; gift of Miss Helen Griggs to MFA, December 5, 1912

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Helen Griggs