A classical-form lekythos with a pyriform body above a disk-form base, a strip handle and a long neck ending in a trumpet-form mouth. It is made from light-coloured clay painted with an evolving type of black-figure technique. The belly of the vase is covered by white slip.

As they were fragile items, white-ground lekythoi were at first made to fulfil particular orders. From 470 - 460 BC this style of lekythos was limited to funerary use, where it was to be found placed in a tomb. They were only used once and therefore were not exposed to the elements. As a result of this evolution in their use, the iconography also evolved to be centred on funerary scenes, like farewells and lamentations, representations of the deceased in life, for example, seated in front of the very tomb. In some cases the painter has represented a lekythos next to the deceased. Other scenes have been inspired by mythology. In this way we can find Charon crossing the river Styx, or Hermes as a psychopomp guiding a deceased soul, or Hypnos and Thanatos carrying the owner of the tomb to the Underworld. The figurative decoration on these vessels reached very high levels of artistic quality.

A lekythos is a typology of Greek pottery used to store perfumed oil to be used for bodily hygiene. This type of vessel was also much used as a funerary vase. It is characterised by its long form, narrow neck and wide mouth which allows but at the same time limits the flow of oil from the vessel and facilitates its application.

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