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Fragment of a Funerary Lekythos (Monument in the Shape of an Oil Jar)

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.


4th century BCE


Attributed to the Demagora Master
Greek; Halai Aixonides, Athens

About this artwork

This stone fragment takes the shape of a lekythos, a small terracotta jar of oil that was often left at a grave just as we might leave flowers today. Inscriptions identify the three figures. The bearded man at left is named Leon and was from Halai (located northwest of Athens). He clasps hands with Demagora, who sits before him and is presumably his wife. Their daughter, Helike, stands behind her mother and watches the couple bid an eternal farewell, although it is unclear which of the three has died. Only prominent families would have had the means to immortalize their loved ones by having their names set in stone.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Fragment of a Funerary Lekythos (Monument in the Shape of an Oil Jar)


Athens (Object made in)

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400 BCE–301 BCE




55.3 × 43.7 × 17.2 cm (22 × 17 1/4 × 6 3/4 in.)

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Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander Classical Endowment Fund, Costa A. Pandaleon Greek Art Memorial Fund, and David P. Earle III Fund

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