Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

White-Ground Lekythos (Oil Vessel): Youths at Tomb

White-Ground Lekythos (Oil Vessel): Youths at Tomb

c. 420 BC

attributed to Group R

(Greek, Attic, active c. 420-410 BC)


Overall: 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1928.859



The white-ground technique was the closest form to ancient wall painting. The artist covered the area of the vessel that was to be decorated with a thick white slip and then he drew the figures and subsidiary decoration on that ground. The scene is of three youths at a tomb.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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