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Lekythos with a Visit to a Grave
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Lekythos with a Visit to a Grave


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Description The women of the family were responsible for tending the graves of the dead and are frequently depicted on delicate "lekythoi," or oil-containers, such as this one, carrying out this activity. A mourning woman bends over a tomb, as a youth approaches her unseen. He represents the deceased, whom the Greeks believed lingered near the tomb after death. Many "lekythoi" intended for funerary use were decorated in the delicate white-ground technique, which used colorful pigments lightly painted on a white background. The pigments flake off easily, often leaving only the preliminary drawing, as on the woman's dress here.
Provenance Nicolas Koutoulakis, Galerie Segredakis, Paris; Walters Art Museum, 1948, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1948

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Period
440-430 BCE (Classical)
Medium
terracotta, wheel made; white ground, painted
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.2012
Measurements
11 7/16 x 3 5/8 in. (29.1 x 9.2 cm) (h. x diam.)
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