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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
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.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1929–1930. "Polychrome Vases from Centuripe in the Metropolitan Museum." Metropolitan Museum Studies, 2(2): pp. 187–205.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1931. "A Polychrome Vase from Centuripe ." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 26(5): pp. 123–25, figs. 1–2.

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(1): pp. 45–54, figs. 1–7.

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

Joly, Elda. 1980. "Teorie vecchie e nuove sulla ceramica policroma." Philias Charin. Miscellanea di Studi Classici in onore di Eugenio Manni. p. 1245, Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore.

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

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. no. 35, pp. 13, 152, 168-71, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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. pp. 165, 173, 177-78, 180, 600, pl. 10a, Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore.

Caltabiano, Maria Caccamo. 2012. "Dea e Nymphe. L'ideologia della Personificazione della Città nell'Iconografia Monetale." IIl significato delle immagini : numismatica, arte, filologia, storia : atti del secondo incontro internazionale di studio del "Lexicon Iconographicum Numismaticae" (Genova, 10-12 novembre 2005), Serta Antiqua et Mediaevalia XIV. Scienze documentarie II, Rossella Pera, ed. pl. 326 x, Rome: Università degli Studi di Genova.

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