Oil flask (lekythos)

Classical Period
about 440 B.C.
Painter Painter of Athens 1943

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 38.5 x 12 cm (15 3/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

On View

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)


The Ancient World



Two women, each dressed in a peplos, make preparations to visit the tomb, which is not pictured. The woman on the right wears her hair bound up in a chignon and wears a garment that has faded to a rusty color. She holds a shallow basket, from which six ribbons hang – these will likely be used to adorn the tomb monument. The woman to the right faces the viewer and reaches to either remove or place a small beribboned vessel for oil (an alabastron) from or into the basket – her garment has faded to white from a color that was added after firing.


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