Greek Athenian white ground lekythos, ex. Fitzwilliam Museum




A fine example of a large white ground pottery lekythos with black glazed palmette decoration on the reserved shoulder. The decoration which would once have been painted over the white ground body has largely been lost except for some scattered patches of drapery lines on the front of the vase.

Greek, Athens, early 5th Century BC

26 x 8.1 cms

Repaired from fragments and a couple of small losses have been sensitively restored, professionally conserved in 1984 by laboratories at Cambridge, UK.

Ex. private collection, Cambridge, UK, accompanied by a two-page scientific conservation report by the Institute of Archaeology (UCL, London University) dated 23/2/1984 stating the owner of the vase as the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. There are no museum accession numbers marked on the vase which would identify an acquisition date/provenance but the lekythos is consistent with a number of white ground lekythoi acquired by the museum in the 19th and early 20th Century.