Oil flask (lekythos)

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 360–350 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 023.


Height: 11.2 cm (4 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Trumpet mouth, short flaring neck, depressed globular body, base ring; handle from neck to shoulder. Intact.

On the body is a youth seated to left on a folded cloak, holding a cista in his right hand, a staff in his left. His wreath and the knots on his staff are in added white.

There is a palmette beneath the handle and one on either side of it. Rays circle the lower neck. The groundline is a band of dotted egg-pattern. The underside of the foot and the fillet between the foot and body are painted with added red.

(text from Vase-Painting in Italy, catalogue entry no. 23)


By date unknown: Charles Deering Collection; by date unknown: Barbara Deering Danielson Collection; gift of Barbara Deering Danielson to MFA, December 8, 1982

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara Deering Danielson