The original, dating to ca 440-430BC, and attributed to the Phiale Painter, is now in the Staatliche Antikensammlungen in Munich.
The seated god Hermes, god of transitions, is shown here in his capacity as 'Psychopompos', or Escorter of Souls from life to death. He holds his wand, the kerykeion. The deceased female stands in front of a grave stele decorated with 'taenia' or ribbons.
The muted colours are consistent with the original vase in its current state.
white-ground lekythos: Hermes and a soul
- Height: 20cm
They are all made in Greece in the workshop of the Lioulias family, with whom It's All Greek is proud to have been working since 2004.
The vases themselves are manufactured in Greece, the images are then applied by transfer, before being painted by hand.