White-ground lekythoi were primarily used for storing oil and had a role in funerary rituals. They are often found in tombs. This lekythos shows a servant presenting a box to her mistress. The presentation is part of a mourning ritual and may commemorate the the passing of the mistress shown here. ca. 460- 450 B.C. , earthenware with painted decoration
Oil flask (lekythos): a man and woman at a tomb. The tall gravestone is decorated with sashes tied around it by the mourners. Production place: Athens. Date: around 440 BC. Fired Clay, white-ground technique.