Gnathia Lekythos


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Artifact Identification Gnathia Lekythos   (1922.01.0048)
  1. Furnishings
  2. :
  3. Household Accessories
  4. :
  5. Storage & Display Accessories
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Classical, 330 BCE.
Culture South Italian Greek, Apulian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 16.4 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 6.8 cm
Dimension 3 (Diameter) 4.7 cm
Weight 150 g
Measuring Remarks D2 includes the handle. D3 is the body diameter. The rim diameter is 4.5 cm.
Materials Ceramic--Terracotta, Pigment--Glaze
Manufacturing Processes Throwing, Firing, Painting, Glazing, Incising
Munsell Color Information Black (N2.25/ 3.8%R) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

APULIAN GNATHIA Ovoid body, flaring mouth, foot in two degrees. Tongues on neck, egg-and-dot band with incised outlines on shoulder. Egg pattern bordered above by one incised line and below by two incised lines and a row of dots. Below main design is another egg-and-dot band with incised outlines, and double incised borders. SUBJECT A woman's head with kekryphalos, facing left, rises from a complex floral which continues around the vase with curling tendrils, dots, and flowers. Design stops below the handle. ACCESSORY COLORS Red: Kekryphalos. White: flesh and egg-and-dot centers. Yellow: Hair, necklace, florals, tongues, and dots. Attributed to the Boston Group by J. R. Green (in a letter dated 8/14/79). About 330 B. C. -- Wisseman, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Plate 59, 1-2.

Description N/A

London F 580 (Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum British Museum 1 [Great Britain 1], p. 6, pl. 6:16). For more on the Boston Group, see Webster, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 15 (1968), p. 22.


Wisseman, Sarah U. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Philipp von Zabern: Mainz, 1989. Page 47, Plate 59, 1-2. From Alexander to Autgustus . Bohen, B. et al, University of Illinois, 1983. For a comprehensive survey, see A. D. Trendall, Red Figure Vases of South Italy and Sicily. A Handbook. London: Thames and Hudson, 1989.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication University of Marburg Archaeological Seminar Collection
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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