Terracotta lebes gamikos (round-bottomed bowl with handles and stand used in weddings)

Attributed to the Washing Painter

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 430–420 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 20 1/8 in. (51.1 cm)
diameter 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.286.35a, b


Scenes of brides such as this are basically variants of those showing women in their domestic interiors. The nuptial representations are distinguished by objects that are specific to weddings. In this scene, the loutrophoros carried by the woman at left is special. Loutrophoroi contained water for the nuptial bath; they were also used as grave-markers for women who died unmarried.