One of the highlights of my visit to the British Museum was getting the opportunity to hold a (well… several) piece(s) of history. This one was my favourite.
A Greek lekythos, it probably would have been used to hold a very small amount of oil. I say “would have” because it never got the chance to. This sample would have been deemed a reject from the factory, due to it’s discolouration. The manufacturers would have wanted it to be pure black, and then would have decorated it.
The best estimate of it’s age is approximately 2,400 years.