Marble funerary lekythos

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158

The monument was presumably erected in memory of the long-haired girl who clasps her father’s hand, while her seated mother presents a bird to her little sister. Technical examination in raking light reveals that each zone of the lekythos was originally painted. Traces of rays are visible on the base. The central relief is framed by horizontal bands with a meander pattern below and an egg-and-dart border above. Three palmettes flanked by elaborate curling tendrils appear on the shoulder. Although the carving of the figures is not particularly fine, painted decoration would have enhanced the details.

Marble funerary lekythos, Marble, Pentelic ?, Greek, Attic

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