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Oil flask (lekythos) with Eros seated on an altar holding a wreath

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Eros, seated on an altar, holding wreath in right hand. (Eros painted in brown on black glaze.) Label text: Gnathia technique Eros seated on an altar holding a wreath VASE PAINTING in ITALY, # 111 (01.8106) Squat Lekythos about 350 B.C. Eros is seated to the right on a cube-shaped block or...

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By date unknown: van Branteghem Collection; 1892: auction of the van Branteghem Collection, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 30-31, June 1, lot 231 (said to have been found at Tarentum); by 1897: Somzée Collection; 1901: auction of the Somzée Collection (Catalogue des Tapisseries Antiquités Grecques & Faiences Italiannes faisant partie de la Collection de Somzée, Brussels, May 20-23, 1901, lot 105: Trouvé à Tarente); 1901: with E. P. Warren; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, South Italian, Late Classical Period, about 350 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Apulia, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 111.


21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Gnathian Ware


The Ancient World