The original of this lekythos dates to the late 5th century BC and is now in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

Two female mourners attend the gravestone ('stele'); the one on the left holds a basket (possibly containing ritual offerings), the one on the right holds a ribbon ('taenia') in her left hand and appears to be sprinkling spelt. It is common in the iconography of lekythoi for the deceased to be shown seated on the steps of his own stele, as here, but to be entirely disconnected and, almost, invisible to the mourners.

This lekythos has been painted by hand for us in Greece. The muted colours are consistent with the original vase in its current state.

dimensions etc Height: 37cm

white-ground lekythos: offerings at a musician's tomb

  • Code: VO-69
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  • £200.00

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