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Attic White Ground Lekythos
Late 5th century BC
By the Reed Painter
On loan, Philadelphia Museum of Art
A man and a woman flank a grave stele. Because the colors were added after firing and were based on unstable pigments that tended to flake away, White Ground scenes often survive in poor condition and their figures appear naked where they were originally intended to look dressed.
H. 24.0; Dia. 8.0 cm. UM neg. S8-120633.
H. 61.0; W. 34.5; Th. 5.4 cm. UM neg. S8-73376.

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