Attic Red-Figure Lekythos
An ancient Attic Greek red-figure lekythos, in the manner of the Aischines Painter, depicting a female holding thyrsos seated between two columns.
Ca. 460 - 450 BC.
Height: 7 in. (17.5 cm).
The lekythos was used to hold olive oil in antiquity and was often left as a grave offering.
The Athenian red-figure vase-painter known as the Aischines Painter was identified by Beazley based on the characteristics of style that are unique to this unknown vase painter's artistic personality. He is named the Aischines Painter after a 'kalos' name inscribed on one of his vases. Numerous vases have been attributed to his hand. He decorated mostly red-figure lekythoi but also painted white-ground lekythoi.
Formerly in a California private collection; previously Sotheby's, London, 1983.