c. 400s BC, with modern painting
Overall: 39.4 cm (15 1/2 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1927.434
Both stylistic and technical studies suggest that this vase is not wholly ancient.
In its basic shape and decorative scheme—three figures before a stepped tomb marker—this lekythos resembles hundreds of funerary vessels made in Athens during the fifth century (400s) BC. But unusual features of the painted decoration, including the multicolored palmettes on the shoulder, and the shoes worn by the youth, suggest a modern intervention. Zinc found in analysis of the white ground is also likely modern, although the vessel itself may be ancient.
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