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Squat Lekythos (Oil Jar)

A work made of terracotta, black-glaze with impressed decoration.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-glaze with impressed decoration.


430-410 BCE


Greek; Elis

About this artwork

During the course of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C., black vessels (commonly called black-glaze vessels) were made with increasing frequency in both Greece and South Italy. Many of them replicate the shape of metal vessels. Others have detailing that is molded or incised. Although black-glazed wares can be rather coarse, this example is quite fine. Regardless, they would have been less expensive than vessels decorated in other contemporary techniques, for example, in red-figure.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Squat Lekythos (Oil Jar)


Greece (Object made in)

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430 BCE–410 BCE


terracotta, black-glaze with impressed decoration


7.9 × 9.8 × 9.8 cm (3 1/8 × 3 7/8 × 3 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Chester D. Tripp

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