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Terracotta lekanis (dish) with lid and finial

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd half of 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Sicilian, Centuripe
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 24 1/4 x 24 1/2in. (61.6 x 62.2cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
30.11.4a–c
  • Description

    This elaborate vase belongs to a small class of vessels from Centuripe, a small town in eastern Sicily, where they were apparently made. Characteristically, sumptuous, gilt, high-relief decoration, imitating fine metalwork, is combined with bright tempera paintings. The front and sides of the lid depict a complex scene with several female figures around an altar. One figure holds a tambourine. In the handle-zone, a Medusa head is flanked by Erotes amidst a floral scroll. The finial and base are decorated with shafts of wheat and leaves.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1932–1933. "A Polychrome Vase from Centuripe: Addendum to Metropolitan Museum Studies, volume II, part 2, pages 187-205." Metropolitan Museum Studies, 4: pp. 45-54, figs. 1-7, pl..

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 130, 272, pl. 112b.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 235, pp. 199, 450-51.

    Portale, Elisa Chiara. 2011. "Un 'fenomeno strano e inatteso': riflessioni sulla ceramica di Centuripe." Pittura ellenistica in Italia e in Sicilia, Linguaggi e Tradizioni: Atti del Convegno di Studi (Messina, 24-25 settembre 2009), Gioacchine Francesco La Torre and Mario Torelli, eds. Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore, pp. 165, 173, 177-78, 180, 600, pl. 10a.

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