Attic Greek Black-Figure Lekythos
An ancient Attic Greek black-figure white-ground lekythos, with a diamond shaped checkerboard pattern around the body with meander pattern above and zigzags and crosshatched bands below.
The lekythos was used to hold olive oil in antiquity and was often left as a grave offering.
cf.: D. C. Kurtz, Athenian White Lekythos, Patterns and Painters, (Oxford, 1975), pls. 71.2 (Ashmolean Museum no. 1879.209.
Formerly in Dr. Malcolm Hardy collection, Chapel Hill, NC, acquired in 1973 (deaccessioned from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City).