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Greek Attic Lekythos, Circa 5th Century B.C

Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Pottery
Dimensions:  12.7 cm high
Provenance:  Acquired 1970-1980s.From the property of a German collector; Acquired at auction, UK, February 2023


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A ceramic lekythos oil flask composed of a piriform body, broad shoulder, narrow cylindrical neck, D-section handle and splayed foot, black glaze to body with band of polychrome radiating lines around the shoulder, geometric motifs below.

A lekythos is a jug with a single wide handle and a narrow neck combined with a wide mouth, which enabled 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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