A fundamental feature of Greek ceramics and their offshoots is that they could be used. By contrast, this vase, with its lid fixed onto the body, serves a purely symbolic function. It belongs to a class of pieces associated with the site of Centuripe in Sicily. They are characterized by elaborate and delicate applied decoration and by refined polychromy executed after firing. The scene shows a bride surrounded by attendants. The vase was made for the tomb.
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Date:3rd–2nd century BCE
Culture:Greek, Sicilian, Centuripe
Dimensions:H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Credit Line:Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1953
Said to have been found in Centuripe, Sicily
[Until 1953, with Elie Borowski, New York]; acquired in 1953, purchased from E. Borowski
Trendall, Arthur Dale. 1955. "A New Polychrome Vase from Centuripe." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 13(5): p. 162.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. no. 35, pp. 8, 67, 71, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. "Greek Vase Painting." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 31(1): no. 29, pp. 8, 66, 68.
Joly, Elda. 1980. "Teorie vecchie e nuove sulla ceramica policroma." Philias Charin. Miscellanea di Studi Classici in onore di Eugenio Manni. p. 1249, Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 143, pp. 254, 282, 283, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
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