Oil flask (lekythos)
about 450–425 B.C.
Attributed to the Thanatos Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
27.5 cm (10 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, White Ground
Not On View
This scene depicts two mourners at a tomb. To left of the funerary stele, which is decorated with fillets, is a woman holding an oil bottle (alabastron). To the right of her head is the Greek inscription: “Phaidimos is handsome” (PHAIDIMOS KALOS).
To right of the stele is a youth in a red cloak (himation), carrying a staff. Above the scene is a maeander border.
Condition: Broken at the neck and base, and put together.
"Phaidimos is handsome" (PHAIDIMOS KALOS)
By date unknown: with Richard Norton; February 9, 1909: purchased by MFA through Richard Norton for $ 260.00 (this is the total price for 09.69-09.70)
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution