Greek Glazed Lekythos

SKU PF.2072
Circa

6 th Century BC to 4 th Century BC

Dimensions

4.5 inches (11.5cm) tall

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

Central Europe

Gallery Location

USA


 

At the height of the Classical age, this elegant vessel would have contained rare balms or perfumes exported to the far corners of the Greek world. We can imagine it adorning the dressing table of some Thracian princess or an Illyrian lady. Its delicate shape is as appealing to modern sensibilities as it surely was to ancient ones. As we grasp its handle and hold it to our nose, we can almost smell the perfume of flowers that bloomed long ago.

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