Preserving the body of the vessel, in the form of a head of a goddess, probably Aphrodite, wearing a high stephane, veil, and rosette earrings, with similar rosettes at the shoulder and decorating the stephane. There is a tall restored handle above with a veiled female figure in relief.
Collection of M. Joly de Bammeville, France, until
Mm Rollin et Feuardent and W. Froehner, Collection de Feu M. Joly de Bammeville, Drouot, Paris, 12-16 June 1893, lot 32
Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928), London, until
1901. Warren was an American collector and is best known as the owner of the
Warren Cup which is now in British Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, acc. no. 01.8102
York, 12 June 2001, lot 275 (part)
This fragmentary lekythos belongs to a small corpus of ornately-decorated terracotta vessels in moulded sculptural forms. These 'plastic' vases began to appear in
Athens at the beginning of the 4th century BC. There is a related lekythos with a bust of Aphrodite in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens: inv. no. 2060: M. Trumpf-Lyritzaki, Griechische Figurenvasen, Bonn, 1969.
Mm Rollin et Feuardent and W. Froehner, Collection de Feu M. Joly de Bammeville, Drouot, Paris, 12-16 June 1893, lot 32, pl. 1. According to the lot illustration, the
vessel originally had a traditional Attic-style lekythos neck which appears to
have been lost over time and replaced with the current restoration.