The marble funerary lekythos of Myrrhine, found in Athens
Marble funerary lekythos, found at Syntagma Square, Athens, the site of an important ancient cemetery. In the center of the image, Hermes Psychopompos (Escorter of Souls), identified by the chlamys, the winged sandals and the caduceus (herald’s staff), leads the young Myrrhine to the Underworld. On the left stand the dead woman’s relatives led by an old man, probably her father, who raises his right hand in a gesture of farewell. The directness of the composition and the reference to the young woman’s death allude to the imagery of the clay, white-ground, lekythoi.
Height 1,36 m.