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Oil flask (lekythos) depicting the death of Orpheus

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The death of Orpheus. A Thracian woman, tattooed on arms, wearing short chiton and endromides advances to right, holding sword in right hand. With left she seizes right arm of Orpheus who is sinking to the ground holding lyre in raised right hand. His himation falls over left shoulder and right...

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Above woman’s arm: ΑΛΚΙΜΑΧΟC ΚΑΛΟC Below her arm: ΕΠΙΧΑΡΟC


By 1912: with E. P. Warren; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, January 2, 1913, 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 450–440 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 049.


Height: 40.8 cm (16 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique


The Ancient World