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Oil flask (lekythos)

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At left, a woman seated to right in a chair, painted brown, holding an object in both hands. The paint used has faded away, but it most likely was a necklace or other piece of jewelry. She wears a sleeved dress (chiton) and a pink mantle (himation). From the right approaches a girl holding out...

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Inscription

"Axiopeithes, son of Alkimachos, is handsome" (AXIOPEI[THE]S KALOS ALKIMAX[O]) ΑΞΙΟ[Π]ΕΙ[ΘΗ]S ΚΑ[Λ]ΟS ΑΛΚΙΜΑΧ[Ο]

Provenance

1879: found in a tufa sarcophagus at Suessula by D. Marcello Spinelli; D. Marco Spinelli Collection; by 1913: with Edward Perry Warren; January 2, 1913: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Classical Period, about 440 B.C.

Findspot

Suessula, Italy

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 053.

Dimensions

Height: 34.7 cm (13 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.187

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels