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Oil flask (lekythos)

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A bearded man plays a lyre (barbiton), plucking the strings with a plectrum held in his right hand. He wears a wreath of myrtle or laurel leaves. His cloak is wrapped around his left arm and hangs down behind him. The man moves energetically to the right and looks back to the left. The...

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By 1987: with Christie, Manson and Woods Ltd., 8 King Street, St. James's, London S.W.1, England (Christie's Sale December 11, 1987, lot 188); purchased on behalf of Cornelius Vermeule by Robin Symes Ltd., 3 Ormond Yard, Duke of York Street, St. James's, London S.W.1; purchased by Cornelius Vermeule, December 1987, from Robin Symes Ltd.; loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III, August 2, 1988 (loan number T 303.1.1988); gift to MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, March 21, 2001, in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

Greek, Classical Period, about 470–460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Height: 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World