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Lekanis (Covered Dish)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-glaze technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-glaze technique.


about 450/430 BC


Greek; Athens

About this artwork

The shape of this lekanis—a low, lidded bowl resting on a broad foot with ribbon-like handles projecting from its sides—is typical, but its large size and lack of figural decoration are unusual. Frequently this type of vessel was decorated with marriage scenes, but this example is almost entirely covered with shiny black gloss, except for a horizontal band of vertical zigzags on the bowl and a band of rays at the base of the bowl and on the lid. Several thin, dark-red bands also encircle the vessel.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151


Ancient Greek


Lekanis (Covered Dish)




450 BC–430 BC


terracotta, decorated in the black-glaze technique


22.2 × 48.3 × 36.8 cm (8 3/4 × 19 × 14 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson

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