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Bowdoin 1923.26

WHITE-GROUND LEKYTHOS


Lent by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; gift of E. P. Warren (1923.26)


Height: 12 5/16 in. (31.2 cm.)


Broken and repaired.


Man and girl at a grave. At the left a girl in a chiton with overfold, now faded, carries a tray of fillets and wreaths. At the right stands a man in red himation, holding a staff. The grave stele, crowned with a gable and akroterion, is tied with red dedicatory fillets. Above, leftward stopped meanders; on the shoulder, volutes; on the neck, egg pattern.


Attributed to the Bird Painter [Beazley] ca. 440 - 430 B. C.

The Bird Painter and his colleagues formed a rather large workshop in which the Painter of Munich 2335 (cf Smith 23:5-1) may also have worked (ARV2, 1161). The tomb monuments depicted on funerary lekythoi vary considerably in type, but in general they probably reflect contemporary forms in actual use.


Bibliography

ARV2, 1232, no. 5; Herbert 1964, 69-70, no. 188, pl. 25 a.

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