Attributed to the Menzies Group
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
H. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1896 (96.18.55)
Interior: Eros with mirror
Exterior, obverse: woman with mirror
Exterior, reverse: woman with wreath and phiale (libation bowl)
The vase is an example of one of the most distinctive vase shapes of the Apulian repertoire, a knob-handled patera (dish), which was produced in both bronze and terracotta. According to illustrations on vases, it commonly functioned as a shallow vessel for washing hands and feet. Apulian terracotta paterae are most frequently decorated with figures of women and Erotes, but may feature mythological scenes painted in the interior tondo.