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lekythos

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1884,0223.2

  • Description

    Pottery: White-ground lekythos (oil or perfume flask).
    Hypnos and Thanatos, personifications of Sleep and Death, carrying the body of a warrior (perhaps Sarpedon?). The tomb is indicated by a plain stele, around which two taeniae are tied (now faded), resting on a triple plinth. On left Thanatos, winged and distinguished by his rough hair and beard, in a short chiton, bends forward holding with both arms the thighs of the dead person, whose body is supported on the right by Hypnos, with both hands under its shoulders. Hypnos is a youthful winged figure, with long straight hair falling to his shoulders, wearing short chiton which has a broad border at the upper and lower edges; he looks at Thanatos. The warrior, a youthful figure with wavy hair falling to his shoulder wears a cuirass decorated around the waist with a band of egg pattern.
    Drawing of good period, partly faded. Design in thinned black outline; hair dark red (faded). Chiton of Thanatos, and borders of chiton of Hypnos, and taeniae vermilion; pattern of cuirass yellow. Eye in profile. Above, maeander; on shoulder, pattern of three palmettes, brown on white.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 470BC-440BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 360 millimetres
    • Diameter: 115 millimetres
    • Weight: 1064 grammes
    • Height: 35.56 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    White Athenian Vases, pl. 9.Previously identified (BM Cat. Vases) as Boreas and Zephyros bringing the body of a warrior (Memnon?) to his tomb.
    For identification as Hypnos and Thanatos see Robertson, Greek Painting, 1959, also Beazley.

  • Bibliography

    • Vase D59 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G20a/dc15

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought Exhibited:
    2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought 2010-2011 15 Oct-07 Feb, Taipei, The National Palace Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010-2011, 11 Mar-12 Jun, Kobe City Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011, 4 July-25 Sept, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011-2012, 25 Oct-12 Feb, Mexico City, National Anthropological Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2012-2013 6 Oct-6 Jan, Portland Art Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2013, 6 May–6 Oct, Dallas Museum of Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2014, 21 Feb-9 Jun, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2014, 2 Aug–9 Nov, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia, The Body Beautiful in Greek Art and Thought

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1884

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1884,0223.2

Pottery: White-ground lekythos (oil or perfume flask).  Boreas and Zephyros bringing the body of a warrior (Memnon ?) his tomb. The tomb is indicated by a plain stele, around which two taeniae are tied (now faded), resting on a triple plinth. On left Boreas, winged and distinguished by his rough hair and beard, in a short chiton, bends forward holding with both arms the thighs of the dead person, whose body is supported on the right by Zephyros, with both hands under its shoulders. Zephyros is youthful winged figure, with long straight hair falling to his shoulders, wearing short chiton which has a broad border at the upper and lower edges; he looks at Boreas. The warrior, a youthful figure with wavy hair falling to his shoulder wears a cuirass decorated around the waist with a band of egg pattern.  Drawing of good period, partly faded. Design in thinned black outline; hair dark red (faded). Chiton of Boreas, and borders of chiton of Zephyros, and taeniae vermilion; pattern of cuirass yellow.  Eye in profile. Above, maeander; on shoulder, pattern of three palmettes, brown on white.

Pottery: White-ground lekythos (oil or perfume flask). Boreas and Zephyros bringing the body of a warrior (Memnon ?) his tomb. The tomb is indicated by a plain stele, around which two taeniae are tied (now faded), resting on a triple plinth. On left Boreas, winged and distinguished by his rough hair and beard, in a short chiton, bends forward holding with both arms the thighs of the dead person, whose body is supported on the right by Zephyros, with both hands under its shoulders. Zephyros is youthful winged figure, with long straight hair falling to his shoulders, wearing short chiton which has a broad border at the upper and lower edges; he looks at Boreas. The warrior, a youthful figure with wavy hair falling to his shoulder wears a cuirass decorated around the waist with a band of egg pattern. Drawing of good period, partly faded. Design in thinned black outline; hair dark red (faded). Chiton of Boreas, and borders of chiton of Zephyros, and taeniae vermilion; pattern of cuirass yellow. Eye in profile. Above, maeander; on shoulder, pattern of three palmettes, brown on white.

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