Intact, some minor losses to the added red, traces of incrustation to the inside of the neck and handle.
This vase is very rare, both in terms of the added red decoration and the finesse of the shape and ribbing.
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.
Dr Louis Pradel, France; acquired prior to 1980
Charles Ede Ltd, London, UK; acquired 2012
Private collection, UK; acquired from the above