Greek Red-Figure Lekythos


A ceramic Greek Attic lekythos, decorated in the red-figure technique. The vessel sit upon a slightly concave base and features a single handle attached from the neck to the shoulder. The lekythos depicts a woman, facing right, seated on a chair, holding a mirror to her face, viewing her reflection. She is elegantly draped in a long chiton and her hair is placed in an elegant chignon. Great care has been taken in painting the details. Geometric meander patterning decorates the shoulders along with slanted lines, whilst the neck has been coloured in white.

Date: Circa 4th-3rd century BC
Condition: Very fine condition, slight chips and crack to the body.


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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.

To find out more about different types of Greek vessel please see our relevant blog post: Collecting Greek Vases.

Weight 104.2 g
Dimensions H 12.8 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1863,0728.438

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