White-ground Lekythos (Storage Vessel) (Primary Title)

attributed to, Bowdoin Painter (Artist)

ca. 480 BC
Greek (Attic)
Overall: 7 5/8 × 2 3/4 in. (19.368 × 6.985 cm)
In this scene, winged Nike approaches an altar with a phiale, a libation bowl used for making offerings to the gods and the dead. In the white-ground technique, the potter covered part of a vessel with a white slip to which additional painted decoration could be added either before or after firing. White-ground lekythoi were often used in funerary rituals and, sometimes, as grave markers.
Nonsense "inscriptions" are painted on either side of Nike.
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
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