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Terracotta pyxis (box)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 420–400 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.148a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Preparations for wedding

The frieze presents a rather full picture of a bride's preparations. At the beginning, she bathes with the help of Eros, who empties an amphora over her. Other women are dressing themselves or adorning a loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water). Inside the house, a woman with Eros on her lap sits with Aphrodite and a matronly attendant.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 95, p. 12, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

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. 243, pp. 61-62, pls. 91-92, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1984. Aphrodisias-Athena, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 2. Aphrodite, no. 987, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eros, no. 651d, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Reilly, Joan. 1989. "Many Brides: 'Mistress and Maid' on Athenian Lekythoi." Hesperia, 58(4): p. 421, pl. 78b.

Winkler, Hannelore. 1999. Lutrophorie: ein Hochzeitskult auf attischen Vasenbilder. cat. 70-2, Freiburg im Breisgau: Hochschul Verlag.

Antikensammlung, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. 2002. Die Griechische Klassik: Idee oder Wirklichkeit. no. 201, p. 309, Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Blundell, Sue. 2002. "Clutching at Clothes." Women's Dress in the Ancient Greek World, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, ed. p. 167 n. 55, London: Gerald Duckworth.

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