Attic White-Ground Lekythos

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Liana Miate
published on 10 May 2022

This vessel is decorated with a female figure advancing towards a wool basket, holding a flat basket with wreaths and a lekythos. White lekythoi, perfume vases, were made exclusively in Athens and destined solely for funerary use.

The scene on the Benaki vase is of an Athenian preparing to visit the tomb of some dear deceased or of a bride getting ready for a marriage that will never take place.

Attic workshop. Attributed to the workshop of the Aischines and Tymbos Painters. 475-450 BCE. (Hellenic Museum, Melbourne, Victoria).

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Liana Miate
Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

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