Squat Lekythos (Oil Jar)

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

Date:

430/410 BC

Artist:

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

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Squat Lekythos (Oil Jar)

Origin

Greece

Date

430 BC–410 BC

Medium

terracotta, black-glaze technique with impressed decoration

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Bequest of Chester D. Tripp

Reference Number

1986.884

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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