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Accession_Number 33.4.3
adlib_title Attic red figure; white ground lekythos
Shape Lekythos
Shape_description The mouth is tall and conical, the back of the handle is inflated and the foot is disk-shaped.
Material Terracotta
Fabric Attic
Fabric_description
Munsell_color 5YR 7/4
Decoration The mouth, neck, and handle are black, with some reddish patches. There are two reddish brown lines above the shoulder carination and two below it. The body scene depicts a naked youth in profile to the right, offering a bird (duck?) to Charon (the ferryman who conducts souls to Hades). The latter, standing on his half-moon shaped boat, wearing reddish-brown clothing and a dotted ovaloid headdress, is accepting the offer. Below, there is a reddish brown line on a reserved (but glazed) area. The rest of the vessel is black, with the exception of a red line on the upper part of the foot and its reserved (but glazed) vertical element.
Inscriptions
Condition There are some bits that have been pitted off and some spots that have been chipped off, especially from the rim (exterior and interior), the neck and the handle. There are also some scratches on the white colour area, whereas the foot has been repaired and rejoined to the body.
Technique/Style Red figure; white ground
Provenance
Period High Classical
Date 425-400
Dating_details
Artist
Attribution
Image
2001.99.0009.jpg
2001.99.0009.jpg
3/4 front view of an Attic white-ground lekythos depicting a deceased man offering a bird (duck?) to Charon, the ferryman.
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2001.99.0010.jpg
2001.99.0010.jpg
3/4 front view of an Attic white-ground lekythos depicting a deceased man offering a bird (duck?) to Charon, the ferryman.
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2001.99.0011.jpg
2001.99.0011.jpg
Front view of an Attic white-ground lekythos depicting a deceased man offering a bird (duck?) to Charon, the ferryman.
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2001.99.0012.jpg
2001.99.0012.jpg
Right side view of an Attic white-ground lekythos, showing Charon, the ferryman, in his boat
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2003.13.0002.jpg
2003.13.0002.jpg
Right side view of an Attic white-ground lekythos, depicting Charon, the ferryman, in his boat.
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2003.13.0089.jpg
2003.13.0089.jpg
Side view of lekythos. Body covered in white slip; meander pattern around bottom of shoulder. Base and bottom part of body black.
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2003.13.0090.jpg
2003.13.0090.jpg
Lekythos, side view. Shows Charon in his boat (left) fetching a woman (right).
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2005.90.0018.jpg
2005.90.0018.jpg

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2007.02.0026.jpg
2007.02.0026.jpg
Front view of two Attic white-ground lekythos, the larger showing Charon, the ferryman, in his boat.
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Comparanda
Bibliography CVA Reading 1, pl. 13.7; J.H. Oakley, Picturing Death in Classical Athens. The Evidence of the White Lekythoi (Cambridge 2004) 112 list 11, no. 79
Archive_Ref reference 1
reference 2
Beazley_DB 14339
Height 30.1
Diameters Rim 5.8; base 6.4
Handle_height 7.4
Other_dims.
Location Death
Edited_by Georgia; Karen; Kinsey
Date_edited 16.06.2003; 05.04.2004; 06.01.2006
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