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Black-Figure Lekythos (Oil Vessel): Komos (Revel)

Black-Figure Lekythos (Oil Vessel): Komos (Revel)

c. 500 BCE
(name vase)
Overall: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The small black marks between and around the figures are mock letters, perhaps indicating illiteracy.


Three bearded figures dance or cavort on this oil vessel, each wreathed, loosely draped with a cloak, and holding a staff. The central figure also holds a drinking horn, though all may well have been drinking. The painter of this vase is unknown, but the style of drawing has been linked to a similar vessel now in Syracuse, Sicily.
  • ?-1916
    Amadio Canessa, New York, NY, gifted to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Beazley Archive. n.d. Beazley Archive Pottery Database. Oxford: Beazley Archive. BAPD 340774
    "Accessions." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 4, no. 2 (1917): 26-37. Mentioned: p. 26
    Boulter, C. G. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, United States of America, Fascicule 15, Cleveland Museum of Art, Fascicule 1. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1971. p. 14, pl. 20
    Beazley, J. D. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters (Second Edition). Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971. p. 213 (name-vase of Group of Cleveland 16.1061)
    Carpenter, Thomas H., J. D. Beazley, Thomas Mannack, Melanie Mendonça, and Lucilla Burn. Beazley Addenda: Additional References to ABV, ARV² & Paralipomena. Oxford: Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 1989. p. 118
    Immerwahr, Henry R. A Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions (CAVI). 1998. Reproduced: p 789, cat. 3196
  • Inaugural Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (co-organizer) (June 6-September 20, 1916).
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