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Terracotta pyxis (box)

ca. 420–400 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.148a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Preparations for wedding

The frieze presents a rather full picture of a bride's preparations. At the beginning, she bathes with the help of Eros, who empties an amphora over her. Other women are dressing themselves or adorning a loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water). Inside the house, a woman with Eros on her lap sits with Aphrodite and a matronly attendant.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 95, p. 12, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December 17, 1959–February 28, 1960. no. 243, pp. 61-62, pls. 91-92, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1984. Vol. 2: Aphrodisias-Athena. "Aphrodite," p. 101, no. 987, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1986. Vol. 3: Atherion-Eros. "Eros," p. 907, no. 651d, pl. 646, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Reilly, Joan. 1989. "Many Brides: "Mistress and Maid" on Athenian Lekythoi." Hesperia, 58(4): p. 421, pl. 78b.

Winkler, Hannelore. 1999. Lutrophorie: ein Hochzeitskult auf attischen Vasenbilder. cat. 70-2, Freiburg im Breisgau: Hochschul Verlag.

Antikensammlung, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. 2002. Die Griechische Klassik: Idee oder Wirklichkeit. no. 201, p. 309, Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Blundell, Sue. 2002. "Clutching at Clothes." Women's Dress in the Ancient Greek World, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, ed. p. 167 n. 55, London: Gerald Duckworth.

Childs, William A.P. 2018. Greek Art & Aesthetics in the Fourth Century B.C.. pp. 235, 243–44, fig. 251, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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