Marriage bowl (lebes gamikos) with prenuptial scene

Classical Period
Late 5th or early 4th century B.C.


Overall: 25 x 16.5 x 18 cm (9 13/16 x 6 1/2 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Lebes gamikos

Side A: An elaborately dressed young woman (Helen? Aphrodite?) is seated to right, head bent down and hand raised to the chin in a pensive pose; behind her an Eros, leaning on her shoulder; before her another; then a handmaid with a flat dish of fruit(?); last a Nike with a fillet.

Side B: At left a woman with one foot resting on a hydria, in front of her an Eros. Next a woman holding a wreath towards a stork; and a Nike with a wreath.
(b) Cover; has stabornament.

Euboean (probably Chalkis)


By 1893: with Mr. de Caix de Saint-Aymour in Paris (said to have been found in the island of Euboea, at Eretria); purchased from him by an Anonymous donor; Anonymous gift to MFA, March 1893

Credit Line

Anonymous gift