Attic Greek White Ground Lekythos: Hoplite
An ancient Attic Greek white-ground lekythos painted with an image of a nude hoplite bearing a shield with a large eye device, his spear pointed downward, he gazes at a funerary monument; with black glaze at the foot and spout and remnants of a meander pattern around the shoulder.
The lekythos was used to hold olive oil in antiquity and was often left as a grave offering.
Cf.: D C. Kurtz, Athenian White Lekythoi: Patterns and Painters, (Oxford, 1975) pl. 21.4 for a similar example.
Formerly in the collection of Professor Jorge Silvetti, Massachusetts; previously with Richard Brockway, Massachusetts, acquired in the mid 1960s.