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Oil flask (lekythos)

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This scene depicts girl and a boy visiting a tomb. On the right, a boy wearing a deep red cloak (himation) stands solemnly gazing at the stele. On the left a girl bends over to decorate the stele with items she carries in a low, flat basket, such as wreaths and ribbons. The stele is already tied...

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By date unknown: Mrs. May Sheppard Jordan Collection; bequest of Mrs. May Sheppard Jordan to MFA; accessioned by MFA, April 7, 1921

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. May Sheppard Jordan

Greek, Classical period, about 460–410 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


29.7 cm (11 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, White Ground


The Ancient World