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Oil flask (lekythos)

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A young woman in a red dress (peplos) holds out an oil bottle (alabastron) to a girl who is only partially preserved. In front of her is a stool. A maeander border is above. The palmettes which decorate the shoulder are a dull gray and pink. Inside is a small hollow, so that the vessel could...

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By date unknown: with Richard Norton; February 11, 1909: purchased by MFA through Richard Norton for $ 260.00 (this is the total price for 09.69-09.70)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Classical Period, about 450–425 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground


The Ancient World