Collection: Munich, Glyptothek
Title: Grave lekythos of Onesimos
Context: From Athens
Findspot: Found at Athens, Aiolou Street
Summary: Lekythos with scene of deceased and family
Object Function: Funerary
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Relief-decorated vessel
Style: High Classical
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 400 BC

H 0.958 m, Restored H at least 1.50 m, w 0.41 m, Picture field: H 0.375 m, W 0.50 m, H of relief 0.005 m

Scale: Large
Region: Attica
Period: High Classical

Condition: Intact

Condition Description:

Broken at the neck and foot (recut in modern times). Scene with figures is complete. Small chips flaked from surface. Extensive painted decoration on the body of the urn: palmettes on the shoulder, architectural elements of a naiskos around the relief field, a maeander band below, and lotus-palmette decoration on the lowest register of the body.

Material Description:

Pentelic Marble


Over the heads of three figures in the relief field, from the left:

*X*A*I*R*E*A*S *E*U*K*O*L*I*N*H *O*N*H*S*I*M*O*S

"Chaireas, Eukoline, Onesimos"

Collection History:

Found by Haller von Hallerstein in 1811 on the street to Acharnai modern Aiolou Street, near its gate in the Athenian city walls. Acquired from his estate.

Sources Used:

Vierneisel-Schlörb 1988, no.209