Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Amasis Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154

On the shoulder, women dancing between musicians playing flute and lyre
On the body, wedding procession

This is the earliest and most complete known representation of an Attic wedding. The bridal couple with the best man behind them sit in a cart drawn by two donkeys. A mule cart with four guests follows. Other members of the procession are on foot. The woman in the lead holds two torches, indicating that the scene takes place at night. The procession heads toward the bridegroom's house where a woman, probably the mother of the groom, awaits. The architecture of the house is carefully indicated; the white columns of the porch may be painted wood.

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Attributed to the Amasis Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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