London, South Kensington
29 October 2003
AN ATTIC BLACK GLAZED PLEMOCHOE
LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.
With a band of rays and dots on a reserved band around the rim, inverted lip, edge of foot reserved, the broad flattened body on wide flaring stem, lid missing, repaired lip, 5 in. (12.7 cm.) high; a black glazed lebes gamikos, with twin arching handles on the shoulder, lid missing, 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) high; a black glazed kantharos with a painted graffito below the rim, on low foot, 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) high; and a black glazed sessile-kantharos, traces of an ivy fillet around the body, 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) high, all 5th-4th Century B.C. (4)
Given as a gift to the family of the present owner in the late 19th Century.
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Item one: it has been suggested that this type of vase, with its deeply in-turned lip which prevents spillage, may have been used to hold scented water or oil, although some scholars have taken them for lamps.
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