Lekythos Vase

This is a Lekythos, a type of tall vase made in ancient Greece.  It was probably used to hold oil used in funeral ceremonies. The ancient Greeks created an amazing variety of beautiful painted pottery like this, the decorations often depicts famous events or characters and scenes from ancient Greek mythology.

  • Lekythos Vase

Research Activities


Learn about how ancient Greek pottery like this was made. What materials and processes were used?


Make a sketch of this Lekythos, look closely at the style of the decoration, the lines and patterns.


Draw the outline of this pot and then create your own decoration that tells a story, either one you have invented yourself or a story you know from Greek mythology!

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