Attributed to the Achilles Painter
Date: ca. 440 B.C.
Culture: Greek, Attic
Medium: Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions: H. 14 3/4 in. (37.39 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number: 1989.281.72
This vase exemplifies Attic white-ground funerary lekythoi at their finest. Funerary representations of the sixth century B.C. depicted the deceased surrounded by mourners. By the middle of the fifth century, the deceased was shown either as living or not at all. The figure at the left is a mourner; the deceased is identifiable by the diminutive soul fluttering above his head.