Intact, some misfiring to the body, the added white worn, several minor chips to the lip.
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.
ProvenancePrivate collection, Geneva, Switzerland; acquired before 1970
Charles Ede Ltd, London, UK; acquired 14th June 2010
Private collection, Dallas, USA; acquired from the above, 14th June 2010
Private collection, Wiltshire, UK