Oil flask (lekythos)

Greek
Classical Period
450–400 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

31.4 cm (12 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

86.156

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

A youth stands at the stele with his head turned to the monument. He has yellow hair and traces of a red mantle. The stele is hung with red fillets. On the other side of the funerary monument, a woman kneels. She appears to be weeping, and clutches the stele with one hand, and tears her hair in grief with the other. The delicate colors which her clothing originally consisted of are now faded. Above her head is a small winged spirit, presumably that of the deceased.

Provenance

By date unknown: Lowell D. Allen Collection (according to the entry in the Robinson catalogue: Purchased, 1886. From Athens, 1875.); December 1886, purchased by MFA from Lowell D. Allen for $ 100.00 (this is the total price for MFA 86.155 and 86.156)

Credit Line

Everett Fund