The lekythos is the archetypal vessel for funerary oils in Attic pottery: the variant with a cylindrical, elongated body and a disc-shaped foot was introduced in the last decades of the 6th century B.C. and became the dominant form in the following century.
This male head is cut straight under the neck. It is hollow and would have been molded in a bivalve mold. The face shows the exaggerated and archetypal features of the Greek-Roman images known as “grotesque”.
This face certainly represents a male figure; it shows some of the distinctive features of the Greek-Roman images known as “grotesque”, such as the big aquiline and pointed nose, the strongly marked, frowning eyebrows and the wrinkled forehead.
This statue was cast into a rosy beige clay covered with a white slip. The old woman, is seated on a stool; her face is covered with a grotesque mask and her gaze directed toward the baby she holds in her naked arms.