The lekanis (pl. lekanides) was a type of container and a widely used household object, acting as a receptacle for food, spices, thread and even toys. The lekanis was part of the repertoire of gifts given to a bride on her wedding night. All of the vases from this group have a flat bowl, a low foot, two horizontal handles and, except for one class of lidless lekanides, a lid with knopped finial. In this catalogue we feature a sub- type of this group, known as a Lykinic lekanis. It is so called because of an example, now lost, that had the name ‘Lykinos’ scratched on the lid. It was made from the middle of the fifth century BC onwards but before the latter part of the century its offset rim disappeared, giving us a date beyond which this example cannot have been made. At this point the foot also began to take on a more elaborate profile.
ProvenanceFound in Alexandria
Gustave Mustaki, Alexandria, Egypt; exported from Egypt to the UK c.1950
Elsa MacLellan, UK; by descent from the above
Private collection, Wiltshire, UK