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Attic Black Ground & Six's Technique Miniature Lekythos (Oil Bottle) with Woman

450 BCE - 400 BCE

3 5/8 in. x 1 5/8 in. x 1 5/8 in. (9.2 cm x 4.2 cm x 4.2 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.1515
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Lekythoi
Culture/Nationality: Attic

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This object has the following keywords:
  • Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
  • lekythoi - Ancient Greek one-handled, usually tall and slender narrow-necked vessels used for oil and unguents and as an offering for the dead. The form resembles the aryballos in that it has a narrow neck and a single handle, but the lekythos is generally a taller vessel with a small, deep mouth. The Greek word lekythos was undoubtedly used for the various forms called "lekythos" today, although it also appears that the term was used for oil vessels in general in Ancient times.
  • lyres - Chordophones with strings attached to a yoke, consisting of two arms and a crossbar, that lies in the same plane as the soundbox.
  • Six's Technique - Refers to a method of decoration used by some ancient Greek black-figure artists to decorate small vases. The technique, invented around 530 BCE, involves painting figures in added white, red, or pink on top of a black-glaze ground and incising details so that the black glaze shows through. The resulting effect is similar to red-figure. Beazley named this technique after the Dutch scholar Jan Six, who first drew attention to these polychrome vases.
  • Warriors
  • women - Refers to female human beings from young adulthood through old age.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Ancient Life on Greek Pottery Bryn Mawr College , Mar 30, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015

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