Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)
- Attributed to an artist near the Villa Giulia Painter
- ca. 460 B.C.
- Greek, Attic
- Terracotta; white-ground
- H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1906
- Accession Number:
Libation at warrior's departure
From the end of the sixth century B.C., the lekythos served as a funerary vase to contain offerings of oil for the dead. During the second quarter of the fifth century, white-ground lekythoi, on which the decoration was painted over a white slip, became the typical funerary vase. While the subject here is the libation at the departure of a warrior, the shape suggests that the warrior did not return alive and that this vase was placed on his grave.