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Attic Pottery Black-bodied lekythos, Circa 5th Century B.C

Conservation:  Damaged at the top.
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  25 cm
Provenance:  Ex English auction (2020); J.V., Spanish Gallery, Madrid, 2022
Exhibited:  Feriarte, Madrid, 12-20 November 2022


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A lekythos is a jug with a single wide handle and a narrow neck combined with a wide mouth, which allowed it to control the amount of oil. They were used to contain oils and are generally associated with funerary rituals, as several lekythos have been found with the body in various burials. They are also closely associated with purifying rituals and feminine hygiene sessions, as they were part of everyday furnishings.


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