A classical-form lekythos with a pyriform body above a disk-form base, a strip handle and a long neck ending in a trumpet-form mouth. The vase made by the red-figure technique on a black background. The body of the vase is covered by black slip, as is half of the neck up to the mouth and the upper section of the foot or base. The shoulder, the figurative scene, and the outer surface of the base display the natural colour of the clay.
The shoulder of the vase is decorated with black palmettes. The figurative decoration is on the body of the vessel. Above this, circling just below the shoulder, there is a band of meander painted in black. The iconography of the principal motif of the vase is a winged Nike and dressed in a sumptuous pleated chiton. Her hair is tied back with a ribbon in a bun. The goddess is seen in right profile, approaching a podium or an altar, holding a long branch with leaves in her hands.
The wings of the goddess Nike, who personifies military victory and triumph in athletic and musical competition, probably indicate her capacity to achieve a rapid victory. As in the case of Eros, Nike was a familiar figure in Greek art. Scenes which depicted a flying Nike became popular at the beginning of the 5th century BC and were probably related to the victory of the Greeks over the Persians in the battle of Marathon (490 BC).
A lekythos is a type of Greek pottery used to store perfumed oil to be used to anoint the body. This sort of vessel was also used for funerary purposes. It is characterized by its elongated form, narrow neck and wide mouth which facilitates application of the oil while controlling the flow.
Condition Report: In a good state of preservation, with breakage. Some slight restoration has been carried out on the black and ochre slip on the right side of the shoulder of the vase and the neck.
Provenance: Bought at C.A.G. Auction House. USA. from private collection, Oakland, (USA). 1980's.
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- Ancient Greek
- Number of objects
- Lekythos with image of Nike
- 32×9.5×10 cm
- Century/ Timeframe
- 5th century BC
- Good Condition, See Photo