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Attributed to
Polos Painter
Greek (active ca. 575 BCE - ca. 565 BCE) Primary

Black-Figure Lekanis (Lidded Bowl)

ca. 575 BCE - ca. 565 BCE

2 3/16 in. x 8 1/4 in. x 7 in. (5.5 cm x 20.96 cm x 17.78 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2011.17.10
Geography: Europe, Greece, Possibly Boeotia
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels
Collection: Collection of Doreen Canaday Spitzer

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  • Black-figure - Refers to a style of Greek vase painting that developed from the Geometric and Orientalizing styles. It appeared in Corinth around 720 BCE, flourished in Attica by 600 BCE, and was found in Sparta, eastern Greece, and elsewhere, until the Red-figure style gradually replaced it in the late sixth century BCE. The style is characterized by a particular technique, which is characterized by the use of a refined slip, a two-stage firing process, and sintering to create black figures in silhouette on a red ground. Details were incised into the black figures or applied in purple or white pigment.
  • lekanai - Ancient Greek vessels in the form of a shallow bowl with two horizontal handles and a lid. Such vessels are often depicted on vases in connection with weddings, as containers for articles used by women for dressing and grooming, and as containers for small items such as toys, spices, or thread. Lekanai were also used for serving food.
  • Sirens
  • Sphinx
  • vase paintings - Refers to two-dimensional decoration applied to pottery by using paint made of metallic oxides or other pigments held in suspension in slip or another medium. The term is particularly used to refer to Ancient Greek red- and black-figure works. See also "porcelain paintings (visual works)."

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Ancient Greek Vessels: Pattern and Image Trout Gallery, Dickinson College , May 22, 2015 – Sep 26, 2015

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Sarah Eisen, Ancient Greek Vessels: Pattern and Image The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College. Carlisle, PA, 2015
    Page Number: 3,6-7,12

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