in ancient Greek pottery, oil flask used at baths and gymnasiums and for funerary offerings. The flask has a long, cylindrical body gracefully tapered to the base, and a narrow neck with a loop-shaped handle. In Classical Athens, lekythoi were painted with a white ground bearing figurative scenes. These works exhibit a fine level of detail, and the artisans who painted them include some of the masters of the red-figure technique.
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