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Attic style red-figure Lekythos

Europe-Antiques, griechisch

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
German private collection, Würzburg, before 1996 H: 6.4 inch 400 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance


Slender cylindrical shaped oil vessel on disc foot with funnel spout and loop handle. On the body is a nude draped youth running towards a satyr playing pan pipes.

Lekythes were used in many ways in antiquity, for example in the cosmetic field, as women's toilet vessels. Men used them more for sports. After physical exertion, they cleaned themselves with the oil they contained and a kind of spatula (strigilis). The vessels were also used in funerary rites for anointing or as grave goods (cf. white-ground lekythes).