Oil flask (lekythos) in the form of an acorn with scene of bridal preparations

Classical Period
410–400 B.C.
Manner of the Meidias Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 169.


Height x diameter: 16.2 x 6 cm (6 3/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Oil bottle molded in the form of an acorn. In the center a woman painted white, probably a bride, turns to the left, at her feet Eros ties her sandals. To the left left a woman carries a tray; at right a woman fingers her necklace. All three women wear diadems. Some details in relief with added clay were probably gilded.

[Label text]:
This acorn-shaped lekythos was found in the grave of a Peloponnesian woman along with the nearby lekythos 00.353. The painter has depicted a bride preparing for her wedding. She is assisted by Eros and other young women.


By 1895: Anonymous collection (said to have been found at Aigion, but also said to have been found between Patras and Pyrgos) [this provenance applies to 96.717-96.718 and 95.1402-95.1403, all having been found together]; Anonymous gift to MFA, 1896

Credit Line

Anonymous gift