Respectable women spent most of their time within the confines of home under the guardianship of their fathers or husbands. One of the few times when young men could see marriageable girls was at public festivals. This scene of men holding branches and speaking with women may show such an occasion, or it may represent an encounter with professional prostitutes.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 208, p. 54, pls. 76-78, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1967. "Ninety-seventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1966-1967." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 26(2): p. 73.
von Bothmer, Dietrich, Bernard V. Bothmer, Pat Getz-Preziosi, Diana Buitron-Oliver, and Andrew Oliver, Jr. 1987. Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, Emma Swan Hall, ed. no. F, pp. 324-25, Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.