Oil flask (lekythos) in the form of a bust of Medusa

Greek, East Greek
Archaic Period
6th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Rhodes

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 498.


Height: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Evanthea and Leo Condakes Gallery (Gallery 113A)


The Ancient World



Hair, eyes, and snakes colored in brown glaze, white and purple are also used.
In form of archaic bust of Medusa.


By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited from him by Mrs. Burt and then, about 1889, by A. H. Browne; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C., England, auction of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, lot 273; by 1899: with E. P. Warren; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund