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Side B: oblique view from left

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Side A: handle front

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Handle rear: shoulder decoration

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Side A: oblique view from right

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Handle left: shoulder decoration

Collection: Johns Hopkins University Museum, Baltimore
Summary: Grave stele flanked by woman and man
Ware: Attic Red Figure, White Ground
Painter: Attributed to the Group of the Bird Painter
Date: ca. 440 BC - 420 BC

H. 0.246 m., D. mouth 0.046 m., D. foot 0.048 m.

Primary Citation: Williams 1984, no. 117
Shape: Lekythos
Period: High Classical

Decoration Description:

The color of the figure scene and ornament is fired red. A maiden in right profile holds an object (now missing) in both hands. The color of her garment has faded, leaving only her nude body. She stands before a grave stele wrapped with taenia and surmounting a stepped base. On the other side of the stele is a youth, standing frontally, his head in left profile. He wears a himation, which is draped over his body, exposing his right shoulder and breast.

The upper surface of the lip is reserved. On the neck is a tongue pattern between single lines. On the shoulder is a scheme of three five-petal palmettes entwined in volutes. The central palmette is inverted, while the other two are turned toward the handle. Above the picture is a meander in groups of three, alternately leftward and rightward, separated by saltire squares. Two lines run above and beneath. There is a single line under the picture.


RW No. 117

Collection History:

Purchased in 1926 from Joseph Brummer, gift of Blanch Adler, Baltimore Museum of Art.

Sources Used:

Williams 1984, 180-1, no. 117