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.
- Ancient Greek
- Squat Lekythos (Oil Jar)
- 430 BC–410 BC
- terracotta, black-glaze technique with impressed decoration
- 7.9 × 9.8 × 9.8 cm (3 1/8 × 3 7/8 × 3 7/8 in.)
- Bequest of Chester D. Tripp