Terracotta lekanis (dish) with lid and finial

Greek, Sicilian, Centuripe

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163

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.

Terracotta lekanis (dish) with lid and finial, Terracotta, Greek, Sicilian, Centuripe

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