Nov 12, 2009

Gravestone in the Form of a Lekythos

Gravestone in the Form of a Lekythos

300s BC


Overall: 53.7 cm (21 1/8 in.)

Weight: 63.956 kg (141 lbs.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1925.1342



This Attic grave marker is in the form of a lekythos, a type of vase commonly left as a grave offering. On it is a scene in relief with inscriptions. At the right a bearded man wearing a himation (cloak), whose name “Timophon” is inscribed, clasps hands with a woman wearing a himation and mantle with the inscribed name “Lysistrate.” Below and between them is a girl identified by an inscription as “Kleippe.” At the left is an unidentified woman, likely a nurse, holding an infant. The scene probably commemorates Lysistrate’s death in childbirth. Her newborn child apparently survived.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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