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.
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Title:Terracotta lekanis (dish) with lid and finial
Date:2nd half of 3rd century BCE
Culture:Greek, Sicilian, Centuripe
Dimensions:Overall: 24 1/4 x 24 1/2in. (61.6 x 62.2cm)
Credit Line:Fletcher Fund, 1930
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