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

Attributed to the Washing Painter
ca. 430–420 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 20 1/8 in. (51.1 cm) diameter 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.35a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Bride with attendants

Scenes of brides such as this are basically variants of those showing women in their domestic interiors. The nuptial representations are distinguished by objects that are specific to weddings. In this scene, the loutrophoros carried by the woman at left is special. Loutrophoroi contained water for the nuptial bath; they were also used as grave-markers for women who died unmarried.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 102, 244, pl. 84a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1126, no. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 453, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Nike, no. 361, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Sgourou, Marina. 1994. "Attic Lebetes Gamikoi." Ph.D. Diss. p. 281, fig. R42. University of Michigan.

Reeder, Ellen D., Sally Humphreys, Prof. Mary R. Lefkowitz, Francois Lissarrague, Prof. Margot Schmidt, Prof. H. Alan Shapiro, Christianne Sourvinou-Inwood, Prof. Andrew F. Stewart, Froma Zeitlin, Carol Benson, and Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway. 1995. "Women in Classical Greece." Pandora: Women in Classical Greece. Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery.

Winkler, Hannelore. 1999. Lutrophorie: ein Hochzeitskult auf attischen Vasenbilder. cat. 52-4, Freiburg im Breisgau: Hochschul Verlag.

Bundrick, Sheramy. 2005. Music and Image in Fifth-century Athens. fig. 105, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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