Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A lekythos

This is a so called lekythos, a type of vessel used for holding oil, the shape is recognizable by it's long neck and a single handle. This one dates to ca 350-340 bc and was found in Paestum. Assteas has been suggested as the painter - the motif is the garden of Hesperides where the golden apples were to be found (The 11th labour of Hercules was to steal an apple from the garden).

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