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Long-necked small lekythos made of light red clay with a reddish slip. The handle is thin and oval shaped; funnel-shaped neck and a deep flaring mouth. Flat, disc shaped base. The body is decorated with a crisscross pattern; white spots on handle side.

History Of Use

Jar for containing oil which is used instead of soap. It is applied to the body and scraped off. This jar is a miniature version used as an offering to the dead in burials. Size suggests it was worn on the wrist and the quality suggests it belonged to a middle class family.

Cultural Context

votive offering

Iconographic Meaning

Symbolizes a functional oil jar.

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