Επιτάφια λήκυθος παιδικήPart of : Αρχαιολογικά ανάλεκτα εξ Αθηνών ; Vol.XXXII-XXXIV, 1999, pages 175-180
Funerary lekythos for two children
The marble lekythos from Peristeri (Piraeus Museum 4535), has an iconographie subject unusual amongst 4th century Attic grave markers. The relief family scene suggests that the two dead people honoured here are young children, probably twins, depicted along with their playthings, on the model of Late Classical children’s stelai with depictions of a single figure. Flanked by two adults, presumably their parents, the children on the lekythos are differentiated by their size and pose, elements used by the marble- worker to display the figures to good effect and emphasise their isolation from the world of the living.