Lekythoi were Greek storage vessels that commonly held olive oil. The narrow body and single handle made it convenient for retaining and pouring oil for culinary or medicinal purposes. This Lekythos contains a bold scene of a dark figure and his horse traversing the vessel’s circumference in snapshots of time.
Supported by a wide base, the Lekythos’ thin bottom rises smoothly along the length of its body before it abruptly turns in and narrows to a short neck. The neck’s base is marked by a series of thick black lines that seem animated as the ring around the vessel. The neck rises to a large mouth painted black that rests in a thick wedge atop the scene below. This piece dates from 500 B.C.E. – 400 B.C.E. and is in excellent condition.