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Greek, Attic White Ground Lekythos, c. 5th Century B.C.
A lekythos (plural lekythoi) is a type of Greek pottery used primarily for storing olive oil and perfumes. Most are decorated with a fine-line figural designs. A large number of this white-ground lekythos style are known from graves (especially Athenian graves) were they were left by the family of the dead. The white ground paint was fragile and not suitable for heavy use. Red-figure and entirely black-glazed lekythoi were much more durable and popular for everyday use.
AP63817. Attic white ground lekythos; cf. CVA Finland 1, pp. 60-63; 45 cm (17 3/4") tall, reassembled from many fragments, near complete, a bit lop-sided but stands, c. 5th century B.C.; cup mouth, narrow neck with a loop-shaped handle, long cylindrical body gracefully tapered from the shoulder to the round base, disk foot; mouth neck, base and foot black, figural design obscure; from a New Jersey collector; SOLD
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