Oil flask (lekythos)

Classical Period
about 450–425 B.C.
the Thanatos Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

Not On View


The Ancient World



A young woman in a red dress (peplos) holds out an oil bottle (alabastron) to a girl who is only partially preserved. In front of her is a stool. A maeander border is above. The palmettes which decorate the shoulder are a dull gray and pink. Inside is a small hollow, so that the vessel could actually contain a very small amount of oil, much less than it would appear from the size of the lekythos itself.

Condition: Broken and put together.


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)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution