500 - 475 BCE, Athens Material: terracotta Size: 25.7 x 7.9 cm
Lekythoi are associated with baths, gymnasiums, and funerary offerings. This specific style is duplicated in other lekythoi attributed to the Bowdoin painter featuring scenes of Dionysus with a satyr and a goat , a woman being visited by Eros, and Isis engaging in worship at an altar.
The scene painted on this lekythos consists of a red-figure silenus, identifiable by its horse tail.The relative symmetry of the geometrical figures contrasts with the dynamism of asymmetrical scene of the anthropomorphic figure. The silenus figure is represented via the red-figure technique, a later innovation made in ancient Greek pottery in order to better illustrate fine details and movement.