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Attic Black-Figure Lekythos - OF.143
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 500 BC to 400 BC
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high
Collection: Classical
Medium: Terracotta


Location: Great Britain
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The lekythos was used in antiquity for storing oil, especially olive oil. The body is narrow with a single handle attached to the neck. Often found in tombs, this type of vessel could have a funereal purpose and was sometimes used to carry the oil that anointed the bodies of the dead. The obverse depicts two warriors engaged in a fight. The armour is elaborate with crested helmets and large shields. A sense of movement is conveyed by their interlocking legs and animated poses. To either side stands an older male in long robes, each holding a staff or perhaps a spear. They appear to be judging the competition in progress and their robes are highlighted with white pigment. This is a superb vessel, notable for the delicacy of the painting. - (OF.143)

 

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