Black-figure lekythos decorated with two heraldic lions looking back over their shoulders. Rosette and dots in the field.
The vase belongs to the Dolphin Group, which is named after the leaping dolphins on the shoulder. Our piece shows the later decoration of large inverted lotus wreaths.
For a related example cf. vase no. 1977.3.79 in the University Museums, University of Mississippi.
Von Bothmer and Boardman have suggested that many of the vases of the Dolphin Group may actually be Euboean rather than Attic. Besides, the clay used by the Dolphin Group may originate from Chalcis, as it does not match with any known clay pit around the Euboean city of Eretria.
Euboean, 550 BC
H. 14 cm (5.5 in)
Early shape with pitted spots on the lions. Old restoration of the foot plate and of a small shard out of the mouth.
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