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Lekythos (Oil Jar)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-glaze technique.
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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-glaze technique.

Date:

about 400 BCE

Artist:

Greek; possibly Campania, Italy

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. While the quality of these vessels varies greatly, all would have been less expensive than vessels decorated in other contemporary techniques, for example, in red-figure.

On View

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Lekythos (Oil Jar)

Origin

Greece

Date

400 BCE

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the black-glaze technique

Dimensions

24.1 × 11.1 × 11.1 cm (9 1/2 × 4 3/8 × 4 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1889.257

Extended information about this artwork

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