Earthenware lekythosn or oil flask
- Object Number: 4236
- Simple Name: lekythos
- Other Name: flask
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- Production Place: Greece
- Creation, production or manufacture details: thrown
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- Summary: Earthenware lekythosn or oil flask. Decorated with the red-figure technique. Features a draped female figure carrying a staff.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Terms:red-figure painted
- Additional Notes: The red-figure technique replaced the previously dominant style of black-figure vase painting. The background of the pot is painted with black slip and the decorative figures stand out as reserved orange-red spaces in which the details are painted in black lines. This eliminated the need for the incised lines seen in the black-figure technique and thus greatly enhanced the painter's artistic potential. Figure painting replaced earlier geometric styles and originated in Corinth in around 700 BC and was taken up in Athens, Attica, in around 630BC. The first red-figure vases were produced from around 530 BC. Greek painting is one of the principle sources of western art. Vessels like this give us the chance to study these designs as other forms, such as murals, are long lost.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery