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Lekythos

Lekythos

Nº inv.: CE1/03183

The Lekythos or Lecite is a small ancient Greek vase that was used to hold perfume. It is cylindrical in form with a long narrow neck, a wide mouth and a curved handle.

This piece is an Attic Lekythos, decorated using the black-figure technique, a style popular in Greek ceramics, along with the red-figure technique. It involves covering the piece in a varnish or slip made from components of iron. The slip, painted in red or black, is incised with figures or ornamental motifs. Black motifs are articulated by painting very fine red or white lines. The varnish, unlike glaze, does not contain silicon components and therefore does not vitrify during the firing process.

Dated between 500-490 BC, the painted scene on the body of the Lekythos portrays satyrs dancing around a horseman. The museum’s art collection includes Greek ceramic pieces, particularly from the Attica and Ionia regions.

On display in the Sala de las Culturas (Cultures Room), second floor.

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