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

Attributed to the Washing Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 430–420 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 22 5/16 in. (56.7 cm) diameter 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.73
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Bride with attendants

In the center of this magnificent scene, the seated bride is shown with a harp. She looks up towards a little Eros who levitates with two fruits in his hands. The attendant with torches at the far left indicates that it is evening. The other women hold a fillet (band) and caskets. The figures on the reverse and on the stand may be additional companions of the bride. Although the function of the lebes gamikos has not been definitively explained, it certainly is a nuptial vase and, like the loutrophoros, probably served as a container for water.
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