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Oil flask (lekythos) with poet reciting with a lyre

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Poet reciting to the accompaniment of the lyre. He stands in profile to left, leaning back and looking up, holding lyre with left hand, plectrum in raised right. He is bearded and wears Ionic dress (chiton), cloak (himation) and headdress (sakkos). A dotted fillet hangs from lyre. Scholars have...

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By 1912: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Gela. Said to have been found with [13.198].); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry 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, Early Classical Period, about 470–460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 099.


Height: 39.2 cm (15 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World