- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Attributed to The Bird Painter
- Lekythos (oil flask): Visit to the Grave
- Work Type
- c. 430 BCE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
- Classical period, High
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Terracotta with polychrome decoration
- H. 30.1 x Dia. 8.4 cm (11 7/8 x 3 5/16 in.)
- JCH purchased in Athens 1898.
- State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
- Standard Reference Number
- Beazley Archive Database #216396
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Joseph C. Hoppin
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- A garlanded stele on two steps with a pediment; at r. a youth in a red cloak, at l. a woman holding a basket with garlands; she appears to be nude.
- Re-View Exhibition, Spring 2008, gallery label information:
Lekythoi, containers for oil, were routinely deposited in or above tombs as gifts for the dead. Sometimes an insert just below the neck enabled mourners to leave just a small amount of oil while appearing to have offered a full vessel. In contrast to the majority of Greek vases, Attic lekythoi of the fifth century BCE were covered in a white slip and painted with fugitive polychrome decoration depicting funerary
themes. The left lekythos (1952.75) shows the prothesis, or laying out of the body, on a festooned bier surrounded by three mourning figures; the right (1925.30.54) depicts mourners visiting the grave, which is marked by a tall stele bedecked with garlands, now partly faded.
- Publication History
Joseph Clark Hoppin and Albert Gallatin, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, U.S.A.: volume 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections, Libraire Ancienne Edouard Champion (Paris, 1926)
George M. A. Hanfmann, Greek Art and Life, An Exhibition Catalogue, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1950), no. 133.
Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters (Oxford, England, 1963), 1231.2
J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1963), 1231.2
- Exhibition History
Greek Art and Life: From the Collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Private Lenders, Fogg Art Museum, 03/07/1950 - 04/15/1950
Re-View: S422 Ancient & Byzantine Art & Numismatics, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/12/2008 - 06/18/2011
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