Attic red-figure

Marsyas Painter's wedding vase

Marsyas Painter's wedding vase

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Photograph: M. Tiverios, Elliniki Techni

Museum: St. Petersburg, State Museum of the Hermitage
Size: 45.8cm. (lebes gamikos)
Function: wedding celebration
Technique: red-figure with added white and gilding.
Style:'Kerch' – fine linear draughtsmanship
Subject/s: the sumptuously dressed bride, seated on a gilded chair, is attended by Erotes, girls and women bringing gifts – decorated clay vases, baskets, chests, and incense burners. The 'burka'- like women may be personifications.
Date: mid-4th c.
Analysis: found at Kerch, ancient Pantikapion, on the west side of the Bosporos (a Greek colony grown wealthy from trade in grain), this well made and expertly decorated vase shows that the local elite brides could have the Athenian figure-decorated ceramics.

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