A flask used by the early Greeks for oil in the bath, the gymnasium, and
funeral rites. The finest examples of this type of vase were gracefully
shaped cylinders tapering to a base, with a thin handle fastened to a long
neck and a flat shoulder. Funeral vases were decorated with brown paintings
over a yellowish-white slip in which the home life of the departed one was
|White-ground Attic lecythus from Eretria, c.470-460
BC. (National Museum, Athens)
The spellings "leythus" and "lekythos" are also found.