The Tampa Museum of Art’s popular midday program continues online. Join Sheramy Bundrick, Professor of Art History for a brief discussion of an object from the Museum's permanent collection.
Through their distinctive imagery and function as funerary vessels, Athenian white-ground lekythoi (oil pitchers) of the fifth century BCE grant important insight into treatment of the dead. Women are frequently shown on lekythoi because they held the responsibility of caring for the deceased; musical references, too, can often be found, reflecting the role of music in Athenian society. In this talk, Dr. Bundrick explores a white-ground lekythos in the Joseph Veach Noble Collection of the TMA—currently on view in the exhibition “HerStory: Stories of Ancient Heroines and Everyday Women”—and discusses the intersection of music, memory, and mortuary belief.
Image: White-Ground Lekythos (oil vessel), ca. 460 BC, ceramic, Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, purchased in part with funds donated in memory of Dorothy M. Mosely, 1986.079