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Attic Black-Figure Lekythos

The function of this lekythos is a mystery. A common type of oil container used in domestic contexts, it was also a frequent funeral gift. Instead of mourning at a grave marker, here warriors make an offering at an altar before setting off to battle. The presence of the goddess Athena, with her helmet, spear, and shield featuring decorative cut-outs on either side, also suggests the scene may be heroic.

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, Gift of the Art Institute of Omaha, 1924.8...

c. 475-450 B.C.E.
Ceramic, paint
6.5 x 3.0in
20.2022.21
Image and text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Permanent collection