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

Attributed to the Group of Berlin 2406
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 420 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
Overall: 5in. (12.7cm) Other (height with cover): 6 3/8in. (16.2cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
15.25a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
The Epaulia

When the major Greek vase shapes were made as miniatures, they most commonly served as funerary offerings in children's graves. Before burial, they may have been used as toys. The subject here on both the body and the stand is the gift-giving on the day after a wedding, when the father of the bride sent presents to his daughter in her new home.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "Department of Classical Art: Athenian Vases, Concluded." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (6): pp. 122-3, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 11, fig. 75, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 103, 244, pl. 84c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1225, no. 2 top, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Sgourou, Marina. 1994. "Attic Lebetes Gamikoi." Ph.D. Diss. p. 344, fig. RM2. University of Michigan.

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