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53. 13.187 WHITE LEKYTHOS Woman and girl PLATES XXIV and XXVI

Height, 0.345 m.; diameter, 0.104 m. Broken; bits of the surface missing. The lines of the figures, their faces, details of the chair, the inscription done in thinned glaze varying from black to olive brown. The woman's mantle is pink, the chair light brown, which has come out too dark in the photograph. The decoration on the shoulder is practically identical with that on no. 52, no. 54 (fig. 34), and no. 55 (Boston 13.201, Boston 08.368 and Boston 93.106). Traces of alternate leaves in dull paint in the palmettes have been noted by Fairbanks.

From Suessula. Ann. Rep. 1913, p. 92. Bullettino, 1879, p. 148. Von Duhn, Röm. Mitt. ii, 1887, p. 262, Pls. XI, XII, 5. Bosanquet, J.H.S. xvi, 1896, p. 166, no. 12; xix, 1899, p. 180. Klein, L.I. 2, p. 249, Pl. XL. Fairbanks, Athenian White Lekythoi, i, p. 215, no. 32; ii, p. 249, Pl. XL. Beazley, V.A., p. 164. Luce, A.J.A. xxiii, 1919, p. 25, fig. 5. Langlotz, Griechische Vasenbilder, Pl. 38. Pfuhl, iii, fig. 537. Beazley, Att. V., p. 378, no. 39. Buschor, Münchner Jahrbuch, 1925, p. 13. Richter, Ancient Furniture, p. 46, fig. 130.

A woman seated in a chair, looking down at her hands in which she evidently held some object, a fillet, a wreath, or a necklace. Standing opposite her, a girl extending her hands in such a way as to suggest that they held a similar object. These objects, rendered in dull colour, may have faded out; or they were inadvertently omitted by the artist. The woman wears a sleeved chiton without colour, and has a pink himation wrapped round her legs. The girl's dress is like that of the corresponding figure on no. 52 (Boston 13.201). The chair is light brown, with details in brown glaze (the round ends of the cross-pieces, the ends of the plaited seat, and lines representing the grain of the wood). Hanging above the woman's head, a mirror and an oinochoe; behind the girl's head, a sakkos. In the field the inscription, ΑΞΙΟ[Π]ΕΙ[ΘΗ]Σ ΚΑ[Λ]ΟΣ ΑΛΚΙΜΑΧ[Ο], stoichedon. On the names, see i no. 49, p. 44.

About 440 B.C. By the Achilles painter, like no. 52 (Boston 13.201); and one of the finest of the series.1


J. D. Beazley, JHS 34 (1914), p. 222, no. 36; E. Buschor, 1939, Grab eines attischen Mädchens, Verlag Bruckmann, Munich, pp. 40-41 (figs. 34-35), 47; G. M. A. Richter, AJA 45 (1941), p. 129; ARV, p. 643, no. 132; B. Neutsch, RM 60/61 (1953/54), p. 66 (note 11, wrongly as pl. 23, 1), pl. 19, 1; Caskey & Beazley, II, p. 101, no. 53; EAA, I, p. 902, fig. 1134 (P. Mingazzini); R. Flacelière, 1962, Love in Ancient Greece, New York, Crown Publishers, p. 108, illus.; ARV2, p. 998, no. 157; Robsjohn-Gibbings & Pullin 1963, pp. 94-95 (color illus.); Richter 1970c, p. 32, fig. 144; Felten 1971, pp. 38, 99, pl. 15, 4; R. M. Cook, 1972, Greek Art: Its Development, Character and Influence, London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, pp. 55, 63, pl. 24; Isler & Seiterle 1973, p. 65, note 19 (I. Jucker); G. Dontas, AntK 16 (1973), p. 73; M. Robertson 1975, pp. 325, 673, note 80; Kurtz 1975, p. 160, fig. 20c; Lezzi-Hafter 1976, p. 9, note 47; H. Lohmann, 1979, Grabmäler auf unteritalischen Vasen, Berlin, Mann, p. 39, note 292; Beazley Addenda 1, p. 152; Metzger and Sicre 1984, pp. 66-67, color illus. (as 93.105); CVA, Basel, 3, p. 75, under no. BS 454 (V. Slehoferova); J. Reilly, Hesperia 58 (1989), p. 434, no. 22; Beazley 1989, pp. 32-33; Beazley Addenda 2, p. 313.


1 (From Addenda to Part I) No. 53. ARV. p. 643, Achilles Painter no. 132. Buschor Grab pp. 40-1; Schuchhardt and Technau Gesch. der Kunst: Altertum p. 295 figs. 272-3.

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