Object Description

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

Object History

Survanna collection, Sussex, 1975 – 1990.

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 Literature

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

Object Condition

Fine, mostly intact. Crazing to the surface and encrustations. Minor chipping to the outer rim of the bottom part and a few chips to the rim of the lid – please refer to the photos.

Object Classification

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:13 x H:10.5 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

0208 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