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X-Large Greek Attic White-Ground Lekythos

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1191314

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X-Large Greek Attic White-Ground Lekythos

This exceptional piece is an X-large Greek Attic lekythos that dates circa 5th century B.C. This beautiful large piece is approximately 16.75 inches high by 4.7 inches in diameter. This exceptionally large example is intact, and has no repair/restoration. This is rare for a large scale lekythos to be intact, as they are normally broken at the neck. The neck seen on this beautiful piece extends gracefully upward, and has an attached handle with an open lipped opening. There is also a small round hole in the body seen centered below where the handle attaches to the main body of the vessel, and this was added so that liquid could more easily pour from the vessel. This piece also has original white ground material that is seen on the main body of the vessel, and in addition, there are minute black spotty mineral deposits seen on various sections of the vessel. The main body also gradually tapers down from the upper shoulder to the round base, and this gives this vessel a very elegant shape. This piece also has a flat bottom and this vessel stands very solid as well. Greek Attic white-ground lekythos of this type were used primarily for funeral rites, and often had fine-line figural design over the white-ground surface. These vessels were often placed in the tomb, and were often brought to the tomb as offerings by the family of the dead. The fact that the small round hole was added to the vessel is also a good indication that this piece was actually used in a funeral rite, and was then left as an offering. The vessel seen here is much larger than what is normally seen, is an Attic Greek ceramic with a high degree of eye appeal, and is extremely graceful on display. Ex: Private Swiss collection, circa 1980's. (Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition:

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