Lot 5: Greek Attic Pottery White-Ground Lekythos
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Greece, Athens (Attic), ca. 6th century BCE. This is a slender cylindrical veseel with a pronounced, flat foot, a thin neck rising to a flared, flat rim, a small strap handle, and a tapered body decorated with palmettes. Lekythos vases were among the various offerings and monuments paying tribute to the deceased in Athenian cemeteries. Lekythos vessels traditionally held oil and were decorated in the white ground technique from the middle until the end of the fifth century BCE. The term white ground relates to the light slip coating on the body and shoulder of the vase. Upon this background, figures and accouterments were drawn in outline and then hand painted in rich colors, which have since faded. The iconography typically features tombs, visitors to these tomb sights, and touching farewell scenes, as the vast majority of these vessels were created for burial with the dead or to be offerings presented at their graves. Size: 2.3" W x 5.4" H (5.8 cm x 13.7 cm)
Provenance: Ex- estate G.E., Franken, Acq 1960s to1970s
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Condition Report: Foot has been repaired, but repair is difficult to see. Rim chips/losses, plus stable crack on side of body, with some pigment loss as shown.