Lekanis/lekane

Drawing of lekanisBoth lekanis (pl. lekanides) and lekane (pl. lekanai) refer to low bowls with two horizontal handles and a broad low foot. The handles are regularly ribbon-shaped, a form that suggests a prototype in another material. The application of the Greek terms lekane and lekanis is not entirely clear, and modern usage varies. In general, the lekane is taken to be lidless and often undecorated, whereas the lekanis is shallow, lidded and often decorated. Examples of the latter appear in marriage-scenes and other scenes involving women, and are themselves regularly decorated with scenes of marriage.

Lidded lekanis - 'Group Oxford Lekanis' ht. 8.5cm
  • Lidded lekanis - 'Group Oxford Lekanis' ht. 8.5cm