The term lekythos (pl. lekythoi) comes from antiquity, and the Athenians seem to have used it to describe any small vessel that held precious oils. The shape appears around 590BC, when it was decorated in the black-figure technique. The form and decoration developed over the years, and those of plain black glaze were the most durable and as such appear to have had an everyday use at baths and gymnasia as well as in funerary offerings. The shape is characterised by a long cylindrical body that tapers gracefully to the base, a narrow neck, a vertical loop handle and a funnel mouth.
Jacques P.E. Chandon, France; acquired 1920s during trips to the Levant
Mr C.P. Josso; thence by descent to his grandson Camille Doussy
This vase is very close to an example attributed to the Group of the Bowdoin Painter, and it is possible this vase belongs to the group also. Compare Beazley 1963, p.693, no.7