Terracotta vase

Greek, Sicilian, Centuripe

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

Four women

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.

Terracotta vase, Terracotta, Greek, Sicilian, Centuripe

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