Oil flask (lekythos)

Classical Period
About 420–410 B.C.


Overall: 32 x 9.5 cm (12 5/8 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



This scene depicts a group of mourners at a funerary monument. At left a woman is holding a sacrificial basket from which red fillets hang. Her face and the upper part of the figure are damaged. The central figure is a youth seated at the base of the stele, with his head resting on his hand in a mournful position. On the right a youth in a black cloak (himation) is standing, holding a dove.


By date unknown: Edward Robinson Collection; gift of Edward Robinson to MFA, October 9, 1894

Said to have been found in Athens ?

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Robinson