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Tomb Lekythos

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


The lekythos is made of white marble with grey stripes. The neck is broken and the foot missing. The seated man once supported himself with a painted staff. There are negative traces of the original painted floral patterns on the shoulder. The pigments have protected the surface from weathering, leaving a bleached pattern instead of the original paint. Frederik Poulsen noted in his catalogue from 1951, that the seated man once held a painted staff.

In 1993 the lekythos was thoroughly cleaned.

Description of object

A seated old man clad in himation and resting his hand on a staff, originally rendered in paint, clasps the hand of a standing woman wearing a chiton and himation. Above are their names: ΙΠΠΟΚΡΑΤΗΣ ΛΥΚΙΟ ( Hippokrates son of Lykios), ΕΥΚΟΛΙΝΗ ΕΥΠΟΛΕΜΟ (Eukoline daughter of Eupolemos) and ΓΛΑΥΚΙΣ (Glaukis)

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic


F. Poulsen (1951), Catalogue of Ancient Sculpture in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 222.

M. Moltesen (1995) Catalogue. Greece in the Classical Period. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. no. 56.

  • IN 467
  • Vessel
  • Early 4th century B.C.E.
  • Classical
  • White marble.
  • Given by Lord Elgin and the London architect William Atkinson in 1885 to Mr. Trist.
  • H. 52 cm.

Selected photos

  • Img_7200_red

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 macintosh
  • Photographed by Maiken Norup, 2011