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Athenian Sepulchral Marble Lekythos

Unknownc. 350 BC

Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum

Symbolic of a vessel to hold oil for a burial ritual, this jug shows a figure walking and two adult males with beards and a short hair wearing a himation (shawl). Sostratos sits on a klismos (ornate chair) and his feet rest on a footstool. His left hand signals a greeting or farewell, and his right hand grasps the hand of his son, Prokleides. This monument was a marker over a family burial, which lined the Street of Tombs in the Kerameikos Cemetery in Athens.

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Details

  • Title: Athenian Sepulchral Marble Lekythos
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: c. 350 BC
  • Physical Dimensions: 58.5"h
  • Type: object
  • Medium: marble
  • Culture: Greek
  • Credit Line: Gift, Mrs. Harold Leinbach

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