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  • Description

    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.


  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 435BC-425BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Dimensions

    • 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.

  • Bibliography

    • Vase D58 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G19/dc2

  • Exhibition history

    2015, 26 Mar-5 Jul, The British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.

  • Condition

    Parts of the design are restored.

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Pottery: White-ground lekythos: Death and Sleep carrying a warrior past a tomb.

Pottery: White-ground lekythos: Death and Sleep carrying a warrior past a tomb.

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