- Museum number
Pottery: White-ground lekythos.
Thanatos (Death) and Hypnos (Sleep) (?) bringing dead warrior to tomb. The tomb is in the form of a plain stele on a double plinth, decorated with numerous taeniae, and surmounted by a double projecting moulding. About one quarter of the way down from the top is a band of egg pattern, above which is painted a helmet with long hanging crest to right, the eye-holes filled in with red. The body of the warrior is about to be laid, with feet to left, on the upper plinth it has a cuirass, and a mantle is rolled up over the arms; the head, which is beardless, is held by a youthful winged figure (Hypnos), who places his hand under the warrior's arms, resting the head against his breast. A bearded winged figure (Thanatos) bends forward, supporting with his left the thighs, with his right the lower part of the legs; the beard of this figure is shaggy and the hair straight; on his body are markings in red, as if of plumage.
Drawing of good period. Brown outline throughout, except wings, which are in black outline; hair in black or brown strokes on brown wash; body of Hypnos, thinned red wash; taeniae and mantle of warrior red with black folds. Eye in profile. Usual patterns.
- Production date
- 435BC-425BC (circa)
Height: 48.85 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
White Athenian Vases pl. 11; Murray, Handbook of Gk. Archceology, pl. 4; Robert, Thanatos, pl. 2, p. 19; Pottier, Lecythes blancs, pp. 25, 33, 100.
- On display (G19/dc2)
- Exhibition history
2015, 26 Mar-5 Jul, The British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.
- Parts of the design are restored.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number