Smith 23:5-1WHITE-GROUND LEKYTHOS
Lent by the Smith College Art Museum (23:5-1)
Height: 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm.)
Broken and repaired.
Mourners at a grave. At the left a woman kneels before the grave touching her hair and extending her hand in grief. Her garment seems translucent but was probably once painted with matte color which has since worn off. At the right of the grave stele stands a youth wrapped in a himation, probably the deceased. The grave stele is crowned with a palmette, below which is a band of egg pattern. Above were probably meanders alternating with saltires, now very worn. On the shoulder traces of palmettes and volutes remain.
Said by Beazley to be near the Painter of Munich 2335 (letter) ca. 440 - 430 B. C. Besides the "mistress and maid" motif (cf Worcester 1900.65) white-ground lekythoi of the classic period frequently depict a tomb scene, as in this example. White lekythoi are among the best work of the Painter of Munich 2335. Compare in New York (New York 09.221.44; ARV2, 1168, no. 128; and New York 99.13.3; ARV2, 1169, no. 140). The face of Charon on the first is very close to the face of the youth on the Smith lekythos.