Pottery of ancient Greece: Lekythos

 

A lekythos is a type of Greek pottery used as a form of funerary art. The drawings are outline most of the time and the colors used are red and black.These ceramic shape is popular in the 5th century B.C but one can find lekythos vessels also in the 700 B.C. The scenese painted on this pottery represent funerary rites, rituals or daily activities and they were mostly found in tombs. If you want to recognize a lekythos vase all you have to do is to look at the narrow specific body and the handle that is attached to the neck of the vessel. Other funerar pots are Kernos, Loutrophoros and Phiale. Images I took at Staatliche Antikensammlungen in Munich.

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