Oil flask (lekythos) in the form of a winged Persian dancer

Late Classical Period
first half of the 4th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


22.6 cm (8 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Figural

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)


The Ancient World



A winged woman dancing a special dance (the Greeks called it oklasma) associated with the cult of Dionysos. She kneels on her right knee on a spool base. She wears an eastern (also called Persian, “Oriental”) costume with a tiara, tights from wrists to ankles, a belted chiton over the tights, shoes. She holds her hands above her head.


By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Munich 1901. It was lot 240 in the Helbing sale at Munich May 1899 & in the catalogue, which may perhaps be trusted in such a point, is said to come from Methana.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund