Greek red-figure lekanis, 400 B.C.

The ancient Greeks were great producers of ceramics, highlighting among them the most exquisite typologies used for festivities and banquets. a lecanid is a Greek ceramic typology formed by a low cup with two lateral handles facing each other and a lid in reverse, with a flat base. These containers were used as jewellery boxes or toilet bowls for ointments, usually as part of the wedding trousseau. The lid is ornamented with a young man sitting holding a mattress and a branch with large leaves and on the other side a woman holding a tirso and a sítula with two palmettes.


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