Lekythos

Description
Jars like this were used in ancient Greece for storing and pouring perfumed oil, often in association with burials. This jar is decorated with two men who are dancing, and another who is seated. Its provenance suggests it was excavated by Sir Alfred Biliotti during his important work at the acropolis of Cameiros between 1852 and 1864.
Accession Loan No.
1887/10/60
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
lekythos
Simple Name
vessel
Full Name
perfumed oil bottle; lekythos
Dimensions
whole height 175 mm; whole diameter 65 mm
Cultural Group
Greek
Period Classification
Archaic - 1100-500 BC
Production Year Low
-599
Production Year High
-500
Family Group

Material
pottery; terracotta; Black figure ware
Function Name
storage
Function Detail
perfumed oil, used especially at funerals
Collector / Excavator
Biliotti, A., Mr
Collection Site Name
Cameiros
Collection Town
Cameiros
Collection County
Rhodes
Collection Country
Greece
Collection Area Region
Southern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe

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