Lekythos

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A lekythos of a shape outside the normal, with a low globular body and a disc base. It has a strap handle twisted into a knot in the middle, and a high neck terminating elegantly in a flared, trumpet-shaped mouth. It has a white and yellow geometric decoration painted over a black background. A lekythos is a type of Greek pottery used to store perfumed oil to be used to anoint the body. This sort of vessel was also used for funerary purposes. It is characterized by its elongated form, narrow neck and wide mouth which facilitates application of the oil while controlling the flow. This vase is from the region of Apulia, in the south of Italy, where the ancient Daunia was situated, coincident with the modern province of Foggia and Messapia in the south of the region. From 320B.C. Athens no longer exported pottery and only produced some vases that were given as prizes to the athletes of the Panathenaic Games. The pottery produced by the Greek colonies in the Italian peninsula took the place of the Athenian ware in the Mediterranean market area.

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