One of the most beautiful pieces from our collection!
"Marriage bowl," The vase was used for the same purpose as the loutrophoros in wedding rituals--to bring water for the bridal bath. It is decorated with scenes depicting wedding preparations or wedding processions. The original one is in Leningrad Museum
The lebes gamikos is a wedding bowl distinguishable by its high looping handles set on either shoulder. Using the red-figure technique, the artist of this vessel, the “Marsyas Painter,” depicts a nuptial scene including the bride and her female attendants, as well as various objects related to the wedding ceremony. It is likely that this is a portrayal of the day after the wedding ceremony, the epaulia, when the bride, now unveiled, sits in her new home and is greeted by guests bearing gifts. In the centre of the scene the young bride is depicted seated on a gilded chair, draped in a himation with little Eros on her lap. A young girl offers the bride a lekanis or covered dish, while others prepare to offer her such items as small chests, a nuptial lebes, a pyxis and a basket.
Height about 46 cm
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