Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta lebes gamikos (jar) and lid

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
h. with lid 10 1/8 in (25.7 cm); d. 8 in. (20.3.cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.65a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The decorative motifs on this lebes gamikos are similar to those painted on the so-called Hadra hydriai, examples of which are on display in this case. Like the hydriai, lebetes gamikoi have also been discovered in Alexandrian cemetaries, in particular the necropolis at Sciatbi, which has yielded several vases of this shape, presently in the collection of the Alexandria Museum.
Pagenstecher, Rudolf. 1913. Veröffentlichungen der Ernst von Sieglin Expedition in Ägypten, II, 3. p. 41, Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs.

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