Apulian Pottery red-figure lekanis lid, Circa 400 BC
On one side of the lid we see a depiction of a seated young man holding in his left hand a cista, originally a basket for storing fruit and vegetables, but later also other things, including cult objects. With the other hand he holds a plate or, more probably, a shallow bowl, called a patera, used for libations.
The other side depicts a young woman seated, facing left, surrounded by various domestic objects, holding a box on one side and a situla. The two scenes are separated by a foliate motif above each handle.
A lekanis is a Greek ceramic typology consisting of a low cup with two side handles facing each other and a reverse lid, with a flat-based foot. These vessels were used as jewellery boxes or toiletry vessels for ointments, usually as part of a wedding trousseau.