Apulian Red-Figure Lebes

 

Apulian Red-Figure Lebes

An ancient Apulian Greek red-figure lidded lebes with high handles, with a nude satyr holding a thyrsos and cane on one side and maenad in a diaphanous chiton holding a thrysos on the other, palmettes in between.

Apulia, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy.
4th century BC.
Height with lid: ca. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm).

The form of the lebes is distinguished by its high handles. It was typically associated with wedding ceremonies as part of the lebes gamikos, a nuptial vase that was the quintessential ancient Greek wedding gift. This vase, in its most elaborate form, was actually three vases stacked upon one another: a large high handled lebes on the bottom, a shallow lekanis in the middle, and a small alabastron on top.

Cf. British Museum, inv. no. 1957,0212.26, a young satyr holding a thyrsos on one side and standing female figures on the opposite side.

Formerly in the collection of Maria Sessa, inherited from her father Edward Sessa, acquired in the 1970s.

Inv#: 7390

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