Ancient Oil Carafe


This vessel is called a lekythos. I photographed it in the civic museum of Castelvetrano, which houses some of the artifacts unearthed from the nearby archaeological site of Selinunte. Lekythoi (plural of lekythos) were used by ancient Greeks to store oil, most often, olive oil. It’s appropriate to see this beautiful one from the beginning of the 5th century BC in Castelvetrano, knowing that olive cultivation and olive oil production have been a main industry in the region for centuries.

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