Terracotta lebes (deep bowl)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 450–425 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-glaze
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
diameter 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.71
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
At symposia (drinking parties) and other occasions, vases were wreathed with tendrils or stems of various plants. Ivy and grapevines were most common. During the fifth century B.C., laurel and myrtle were popular as well.
Said to be from Greece

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 9-10, fig. 71, New York: Plantin Press.