Oil flask (lekythos)

Early Classical Period
about 475–450 B.C.
Painter The Painter of London E342

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


35 cm (13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

Not On View


The Ancient World



Hermes conducting a soul to Charon. Charon in black chiton at left, pushing his boat to shore. Hermes wearing red chlamys, brings a girl, who wears a purple-red himation. Behind her, and before Charon, fly “souls” (small winged figures). At right stands a woman in chiton and himation, black with purple lines.

Condition: Much defaced.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his letter of Feb. 9, 1901: bought from Lambros who said it was found in Athens); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund