Object Description

A small Apulian lekanis comprised of a bowl on a low foot and a matching lid. The lid of the lekanis is adorned with female heads, the so-called ladies of fashion (most likely young brides), which are adorned with white paint and depicted wearing elaborate caps and jewellery. Palmettes fill the spaces between the heads and a border of wavy strokes decorates the rim of the lid. The bottom bowl is plain and executed in orange gloss.

One of the quaintest ancient Greek ceramic shapes, the lekanis was used in to store soaps and scented perfumes. It appears to have been a female object especially associated with wedding gifts and bridal adornment.

Object History

Survanna collection, Sussex, 1975 – 1990.

Object Literature

Green, J. R., Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 22, Philadelphia 1 (1986), Plate 29.

Object Condition

Fine, mostly intact. Crazing to the surface. Minor chipping to the outer rim of the bottom part and chips to the foot of the bowl. The handle of the lid has been repaired, cracks visible – please refer to photos.

Object Classification

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:9.3 x H:9.8 centimeters
  • year
    4th cent. BC

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom


St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James