Terracotta lekanis (dish)

Attributed to the Menzies Group

Period: Late Classical

Date: ca. 330–320 B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Apulian

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Purchase by subscription, 1896

Accession Number: 96.18.55


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.