Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Amasis Painter

ca. 550–530 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter C. Baker Gift, 1956
Accession Number:
  • Description

    On the shoulder, women dancing between musicians playing flute and lyre
    On the body, wedding procession

    This is the earliest and most complete known representation of an Attic wedding. The bridal couple with the best man behind them sit in a cart drawn by two donkeys. A mule cart with four guests follows. Other members of the procession are on foot. The woman in the lead holds two torches, indicating that the scene takes place at night. The procession heads toward the bridegroom's house where a woman, probably the mother of the groom, awaits. The architecture of the house is carefully indicated; the white columns of the porch may be painted wood.

  • References

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. "Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 31(1): no. 8, pp. 4, 22-3, 67.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich and Alan L. Boegehold. 1985. The Amasis Painter and His World: Vase-Painting in Sixth-Century B.C. Athens. Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, no. 47, pp. 40, 182-84, 201, pl. 4.

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 1985. The Amasis Painter and His World: Vase-Painting in Sixth-Century B.C. Athens. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, no. 47, pp. 8, 15, fig. 4.

    Carratelli, Giovanni Pugliese and Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli. 1994. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale: Atlante delle Forme Ceramiche, Suppl. 2, Vol. 1. Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, p. 183, fig. 219.

    Hornblower, Simon and Antony Spawforth. 1998. The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 422.

    Foley, Helene, Lesley A. Beaumont, and H. Alan Shapiro. 2003. "Mothers and Daughters." Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past, Jenifer Neils, John H. Oakley, and Katherine Hart, eds. New Haven: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, p. 128, fig. 19.

    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. 72, pp. 76, 420.

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