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Oil flask (lekythos) in the form of Aphrodite

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Lekythos for oils or perfumes shaped in the form of Aphrodite rising from an open shell, with two Erotes hovering above. Figures painted in white; inside of the shell is pink; six rosettes of yellow and gold set about the vessel; traces of pigment (yellow, blue, gold?) found on figures.


By about 1898: with E. Geladakis (found in excavations which he made at Eretria); purchased from E. Geladakis as a gift of Mrs. S. T. Morse, for $500, October 1900

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Samuel Torrey Morse

Greek, Late Classical Period, mid-4th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 087.


Height: 19 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Figural


The Ancient World