Oil flask (lekythos)

Classical Period
450–400 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


31.4 cm (12 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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