An Athenian Gravestone


fifth century. A recently v century B.C. i acquired marble example from that distinguished period is, therefore, particularly welcome (see ill. below and details on page 181). It is over five feet high and has the form of a lekythos, or oil jug. The long, narrow neck and spacious mouth adapted for slow pouring are familiar from countless small terracotta jugs which were used as practical oil and unguent containers. Such jugs also had a sepulchral use, for unguents were brought in them to the dead, as we know from many a representation in vase-painting .. .. and from references to v"' .'e*~"'~ ): this custom in ancient literature. A monumental marble lekythos

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@inproceedings{GRAVESTONE2008AnAG, title={An Athenian Gravestone}, author={ATHENIAN GRAVESTONE and G. A. Richter}, year={2008} }