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Greece (Attica) (Place Created)
about 375 B.C.
Marble with polychromy
58.1 × 29.2 cm (22 7/8 × 11 1/2 in.)
Gift of Milton and Pat Gottlieb
In the late 400s and early 300s B.C., Greek grave monuments sometimes took the form of a large lekythos. The usual lekythos was a small
Marble grave lekythoi were usually decorated with a scene carved in
Traces of a painted pattern are still visible on the shoulder of the lekythos. Most marble lekythoi had floral patterns, similar to those found on terracotta lekythoi, painted on the shoulder. Parts of the carved relief may also have been accentuated with paint.
Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World (October 28, 2017 to January 7, 2018)
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