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Oil flask (lekythos) with a woman working wool

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An elegant woman is seated at her wool basket (kalathos). She wears earrings, bracelets on both arms, a diadem, and an Ionic chiton and himation. She has an elaborate hairstyle, with part of her hair tied up in a bun, and long strands pulled down in the front. She pulls a long strip of wool out...

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"The girl [is pretty])" (HE PAIS [KALE]). ΗΕΠΑΙS


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, Early Classical Period, about 480–470 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 029; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 117.


Height: 33.2 cm (13 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World