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    Black glazed pottery lekythos with a convex shaped body marked with a pale line beneath the shoulder and towards the base, reserved on the shoulder with black glazed egg moulding, reserved concave neck, flaring mouth with a ledge rim and a circular foot reserved on the side and the base, the glaze is chipped and worn in places.


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    • Height: 12.2 centimetres
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    • Old Catalogue 1037 bibliographic details
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    Found unregistered, but the register notes that it was acquired before 1851 and was marked Hn Rm on a label, indicating that it was exhibited in the Hamilton Room and was was probably part of the Hamilton Collection.

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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Object reference number: GAA66351

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