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Lekythos with the statuette of Eros

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first quarter of the 4th century B.C.AthensclayH 25,5 cm

Eros, the Greek god of love, appears surrounded by flowering and verdant nature. He seems to have descended from the heavens into the shrine, symbolized by the pillar. In his left hand he holds a sea shell, which probably served as a container for ointments or make-up. The little casket that is suspended on a ribbon from his right hand was a gift received by women on their wedding day to store their jewellery. These Greek vases, called lekythoi, were not used in everyday life. They were filled with anointing oil and served as votive offering or funerary objects.