Bathing vessel (loutrophoros) depicting a bridal procession

Greek
Classical Period
450–425 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 092-093.

Dimensions

Height: 75.3 cm (29 5/8 in.) Diameter of lip: 25.3 cm (9 15/16 in.) Diameter of body: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.802

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Side A: Bridal procession. Young man leads bride to his house, grasping her by the hand. Two Erotes fly on either side of the bride. Behind the bride is a nympheutria, supervisor of the wedding, who adjusts the bride’s veil. The mother of the groom appears in the doorway of the home bearing two torches. An Eros flies out of the bridal chamber. Other female figures are present.

Side B: A young man clasps the hand of his father-in-law in agreement of the engagement.

On each side of the vase’s neck is a draped woman.

Provenance

By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900