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Lekanis (Covered Dish)

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

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-glaze.


450-430 BCE


Greek; Athens

About this artwork

The shape of this lekanis—a low, lidded bowl resting on a broad foot with ribbon-like handles projecting from its sides—is typical, but its large size and lack of figural decoration are unusual. Frequently this type of vessel was decorated with marriage scenes, but this example is almost entirely covered with shiny black gloss, except for a horizontal band of vertical zigzags on the bowl and a band of rays at the base of the bowl and on the lid. Several thin, dark-red bands also encircle the vessel.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Lekanis (Covered Dish)


Greece (Object made in)

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450 BCE–430 BCE


terracotta, black-glaze


22.2 × 48.3 × 36.8 cm (8 3/4 × 19 × 14 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson

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