GREEK TERRACOTTA BLACK-FIGURE LEKYTHOS
Measurements: Height – 10.9 cm
Description: A fine Greek black-figure terracotta lekythos featuring a tapered body with a narrow neck and a small, deep mouth. A single handle joins the neck to the shoulder of the vessel. The vessel displays a beautiful decoration with glossy black paint against the red clay. Black paint is visible on its rim and base. The decoration is primarily in a band around the body’s middle, consisting of motifs of leaves and grapes, giving an impression of grape vines. This vegetal motif is framed by concentric circles of black. On the shoulder of the lekythos there is a series of vertical lines. Some black gloss also remains on the handle and on the interior of the rim.
Lekythoi were used in Ancient Greece to preserve and pour perfumed oil and ointments: its particular shape limited the release of the content and was suitable to prevent waste. Lekythoi were mainly used at baths and gymnasiums and for funerary offerings, as they were sometimes used for anointing dead bodies.
Condition: Fine condition, with abrasion to body which has resulted in loss of some pigment.
Period: Circa 5th – 4th Century BC