Art Across the Ages, A Selection of Treasured Works
Title of Work
Date of Work
4th century BCE
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
A lekanis is a low bowl with a cover, often decorated with images of women. The lekanis in UND's collection was made in the Late Classical period and is from Magna Graecia (meaning "Great Greece" in Latin), which refers to Greek colonies in Southern Italy rather than Greece proper.
Red-figure images result from the reddish color of the baked clay being left unpainted and the background painted solid black. Originating in the late sixth century, red-figure Greek pottery replaced the black-figure style.
Fine Apulia red-figure Lekanis decorated with a "Lady of Fashion". Base glazed black with two slightly elevated handles, the lid nicely decorated with two female heads in profile, a palmette to either side, and the knob with central rosette surrounded by lines around the edge. Area of repair on lid.