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Oil flask (lekythos) with youth playing lyre

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A youth squatts with his weight on his right foot, his left foot advanced. Hi cloak (himation) hangs over his left shoulder, as he plays the lyre (barbitos). He leans back, and looks up, with lips parted, about to sing. The plektron for plucking the strings is attached to the lyre by a red...

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"Handsome" (KALOS) KALOS


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 470 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 135.


Height: 27.7 cm (10 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World