Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : Classical Antiquities : Attic Vases : Attic Black-Figure Lekythos
Click to view original image.
Attic Black-Figure Lekythos - OF.143
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 500 BC to 400 BC
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high
Collection: Classical
Medium: Terracotta

Additional Information: Art Logic—Private English Collection, Thence by descent, Christie's (London) 2003

Location: Great Britain
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Click photo to change image.
Print image
The lekythos was used in antiquity for storing oil, especially olive oil. The body is narrow with a single handle attached to the neck. Often found in tombs, this type of vessel could have a funereal purpose and was sometimes used to carry the oil that anointed the bodies of the dead. The obverse depicts two warriors engaged in a fight. The armour is elaborate with crested helmets and large shields. A sense of movement is conveyed by their interlocking legs and animated poses. To either side stands an older male in long robes, each holding a staff or perhaps a spear. They appear to be judging the competition in progress and their robes are highlighted with white pigment. This is a superb vessel, notable for the delicacy of the painting. - (OF.143)


Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2023 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting