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Ca. 5th Century BC

A small Attic black-figure cylinder lekythos. The vessel's distinct design includes a corseted cylindrical neck, a flared and in-folded rim, and a high-arching handle that connects the neck to the shoulder. The exterior of the lekythos is adorned with a lustrous black glaze, which enhances its aesthetic appeal. This glaze covers the body and rim of the vessel in a thick, encircling band and is framed by decorative registers that depict intricate wave and meander patterns. The shoulder of the lekythos is decorated with a pattern of radiating stripes.

Lekythoi were an integral part of ancient Greek culture and were predominantly used as funerary offerings. They were commonly placed in tombs or graves, serving as containers for various substances such as oil, perfume, or other liquids that were essential in funerary rituals. Lekythoi were specifically designed for this purpose, featuring a narrow neck and a small size, making them ideal for pouring small quantities of liquids. For a similar example, see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number: 41.162.202.


Provenance: Property of a London Ancient Art gallery, formerly in an English private collection, according to the heirs possibly purchased in some auction or Art Gallery during 1970s-1980s.


SKU: SEPT23243
  • Dimensions

    L: 110mm / W: 48mm ; 70g

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