Terracotta Banquet Group


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164

The wedding banquet group features a young couple joined by two winged Erotes, or gods of love. Richly detailed, the figures retain their original color and gilding: bright blue, red, and pink for the couch; blue for the wings; and red for the hair and wreaths. Traces of gilding on drinking vessels and ivy berries enhance the lively scene. Probably a grave offering, the group reflects the connections between marriage and death in ancient Greek culture.

Terracotta Banquet Group, terracotta, Greek

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