White-Ground Lekythos: Mistress and Servant

 
Culture
Greek
Creation date
Materials
earthenware with painted decoration
Dimensions
H: 8 1/4 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly
Accession number
47.38
Collection
Currently On View In
Leah and Charles Redish Gallery - K312

White-ground lekythoi were primarily used for storing oil and had a role in funerary rituals. They are often found in tombs.  This lekythos shows a servant presenting a box to her mistress. The presentation is part of a mourning ritual and may commemorate the the passing of the mistress shown here.

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Greek Art

White-ground lekythoi were primarily used for storing oil and had a role in funerary rituals. They are often found in tombs.  This lekythos shows a servant presenting a box to her mistress. The presentation is part of a mourning ritual and may commemorate the the passing of the mistress shown here.