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South Italian Polychromatic Ribbed Gnathian Lekythos (Oil Bottle) with Bird and Vegetation

325 BCE - 270 BCE

3 1/2 x 3 3/16 x 3 3/16 in. (8.9 x 8.1 x 8.1 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.109
Geography: Europe, Italy
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Lekythoi
Culture/Nationality: South Italian

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  • Gnathian - Refers to a style of vase decoration that is named for the site at Gnathia, Apulia, Italy, and dates from around 350 BCE through the early third century BCE. It is characterized by ornamentation painted in red and white on a black surface, and it has an apparent counterpart in the West Slope ware of Attica.
  • 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.
  • South Italian - Ancient pottery styles of southern Italy.

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  • Owner Name: Clarissa Compton Dryden, Class of 1932, MA 1935
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
    Acquisition Method: Inheritance
    Disposal Method: Donation
    Ownership Start Date: 1925
    Ownership End Date: 1950's to 1980's
    Remarks: A relative of archaeologist, Charles Densmore Curtis (1875-1925), Dryden presented the Ella Riegel Museum with items she inherited from his collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts throughout the 1950s-1980s

  • Owner Name: Charles Densmore Curtis (1875-1925)
    Role: Collector
    Disposal Method: Bequest
    Ownership Start Date: Likely ca. 1900
    Ownership End Date: 1925

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