Oil flask (lekythos)

Classical Period
about 430 B.C.
the Achilles Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 057.


Overall: 42.5 x 12.5 cm (16 3/4 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Pictured centrally on this red-figured lekythos is a grave stele on a stepped base with an acanthus-ornamented anthemion. A red ribbon or fillet is tied at the top of the stele’s shaft and a white one towards the bottom. To the left stands a young, beardless man draped in a black-bordered mantle, with a spear in his right hand; he turns slightly to face the stele. To the right, a woman with cropped hair and wearing a chiton approaches the monument. Her right hand is extended downwards, and her left is bent at the elbow. It is not evident that she holds a fillet or wreath, although it might have been painted in an added color after fading that has since faded.


By 1893: with Mr. de Caix de Saint-Aymour in Paris (said to have been found in the island of Euboea, at Eretria); purchased from him by an Anonymous donor; Anonymous gift to MFA, March 1893

Credit Line

Anonymous gift