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Terracotta lebes gamikos (round-bottomed bowl with handles and stand used in weddings)

Attributed to Painter of London 1923
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 440–430 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H.: 16 5/8 in. (42.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.299
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, seated woman and attendants
Reverse, two women
At each handle, Nike

Of particular interest in this representation is the pyxis carried by the woman at the far left. Pyxides are small boxes that contained personal items such as toilet articles. Terracotta examples exist in the greatest quantity, but during the late fifth and fourth centuries B.C., they were also made of marble and often included as offerings in graves.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1103, no. 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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