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X Greek, Attica Lekythos (Oil Bottle), c. 450 B.C.

X Greek, Attica Lekythos (Oil Bottle), c. 450 B.C.

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

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

Lekythos (oil flask), ca. 440 B.C.; white ground  Attributed to the Achilles Painter  Greek, Attic  Terracotta

Lekythos (oil flask), ca. 440 B.C.; white ground Attributed to the Achilles Painter Greek, Attic Terracotta

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)  period classical ca. 440 BC  Terracotta  Metropolitan Museum

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) period classical ca. 440 BC Terracotta Metropolitan Museum

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Greek, Attic, Classical, ca. 460–450 B.C. Overall: 16 11/16 x 5 7/16in. (42.4 x 13.8cm)

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Greek, Attic, Classical, ca. 460–450 B.C. Overall: 16 11/16 x 5 7/16in. (42.4 x 13.8cm)

Greek [Attic]  Lekythos (oil bottle), ca. 450–400 BC  White-ground terracotta  12 1/4 x 3 5/8 in. (31.12 x 9.21 cm)  Gift of Alfred F. James M1919.20   Photo credit John R. Glembin

Greek [Attic] Lekythos (oil bottle), ca. 450–400 BC White-ground terracotta 12 1/4 x 3 5/8 in. (31.12 x 9.21 cm) Gift of Alfred F. James M1919.20 Photo credit John R. Glembin

White-Ground Lekythos (Funerary Oil Pitcher), c. 420 BC attributed to Group R (Greek)

White-Ground Lekythos (Funerary Oil Pitcher), c. 420 BC attributed to Group R (Greek)

A white ground Lekythos

A white ground Lekythos

Greek, Attica Attributed to the Reed Painter Lekythos (Oil Bottle), 410/400 B.C.

Greek, Attica Attributed to the Reed Painter Lekythos (Oil Bottle), 410/400 B.C.

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.

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.

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