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Accession_Number 65.6.1
adlib_title Attic white ground lekythos
Shape Lekythos
Shape_description The mouth is conical, the handle is of ellipsoid cross-section and the foot is disk-shaped.Cf. 'The Red and the Black: Studies in Greek pottery' by B. A. Sparks, 1996, p20 fig I:12 (see also 'Comments' field).
Material Terracotta
Fabric Attic
Fabric_description
Munsell_color 5YR 7/4
Decoration The mouth (exterior and interior), larger upper part of the neck and the handle are black (uneven and at most areas reddish brown) apart from the upper surface of the rim, which is red. There is a grey line on the neck and the surface of the shoulder bears decoration of voluted palmettes with narrow divisions and tendrils, widely spread to fill the space. The upper part of the body bears a meander pattern between two pairs of brown lines (above and below). Every fourth meander the pattern is interrupted by a saltive cross with a dot on each one of the triangular surfaces around it. The meander pattern continues as far as the scene below it is depicted. Main scene: A young man, wearing underwear? is seated on his himation, at the left side of a two-stepped tomb or pedimental funerary monument (grave-stele). At the right of the scene, a woman wearing a black and red peplos is bringing offerings. There is a brown line below them and the rest of the vessel is black, with the exception of two exteremely thin lines that are reserved at the joining point of the foot to the body and the side surface of the foot that is red, although the slip has not been evenly applied on the whole of the surface. Lastly, the resting surface is reserved.
Inscriptions
Condition Many spots have been pitted off, especially on the mouth, handle and neck. There are also some bits (shallow) that have been chipped off, especially on the shoulder and upper body, however, the vessel is intact.
Technique/Style White ground
Provenance
Period High Classical
Date 425-400
Dating_details
Artist Reed Painter
Attribution Beazley: ARV2 1377.24
Image
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Left side view of an Attic white-ground lekythos, showinghandle and white ground body.
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Front view of an Attic white-ground lekythos, showing a seated man (probably representing the deceased) facing a grave stele, opposite a female mourner with grave gifts and upraised arms.
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Right side view of an Attic white-ground lekythos, showing a female mourner with grave gifts and upraised arms, approaching a grave stele.
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Back view of an Attic white-ground lekythos, showing the handle.
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Top view of an Attic white-ground lekythos, showing the lip, the interior, and the top of the handle (below).
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Detailed view (just right of front) of the body of Attic white-ground lekythos, showing a seated man (probably representing the deceased) facing a grave stele, opposite a female mourner with grave gifts and upraised arms.
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Oblique view, from slightly above, of the right side of an Attic white-ground lekythos, showing a female mourner, with grave gifts and upraised arms, approaching a grave stele.
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Detailed view of the shoulder of an Attic white-ground lekythos, showing a vegetal pattern (palmettes and tendrils).
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Bottom view of an Attic white-ground lekythos, showing the reserved base with (modern) writing in pencil.
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Comparanda
Bibliography ARV2 1377.24; Para 485
Archive_Ref
Beazley_DB 217684
Height 29.9
Diameters Rim 5.7; base 5.9
Handle_height 8.1
Other_dims.
Location Household
Edited_by Georgia; Kinsey; Teifi
Date_edited 17.06.2003; 06.01.2006; 01.08.2006
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