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Oil flask (lekythos) with sacrificial procession

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This lekythos shows a sacrificial procession moving to right. On the right, a girl leads a procession to the place of sacrifice, holding a ritual basket on her head. Called a "basket carrier" (kanephoros), she is followed by two adorned cows attended by two wreathed youths. Before her an Ionic...

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Inscription

"Gales made [it]" (on lip) ΓΑΛΕΣ ΕΠΟΙΕΣΕΝ

Signed

"Gales made [it]"

Provenance

By 1912: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Gela.); 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, Archaic Period, about 520–510 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 014.

Dimensions

Height: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.195

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels