Oil flask (lekythos)

Classical Period
460–450 B.C.
the Inscription Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Height: 37 cm (14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



A man and woman approach a large, complex grave (base, main section in five blocks, and painted stele which is so tall that projects over the border into the shoulder field). The woman wears a brownish-red dress and brings a tray with cakes, wreaths and two lekythoi. Her skin has been painted in added white. The man has a staff and touches the back of the stele with his right hand. Six ribbons (in white, black and red) hang from the tray and will be tied around the tomb.

Condition: Repieced; repaired around mouth; foot and section of the lower body restored.


By date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland, Auction 40, December 13, 1969, lot 112; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., September 16, 1970

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund