Apulian Lekanis: Head of a Woman and Winged Genie

 
Culture
Greek
Creation date
Materials
terracotta
Dimensions
H: 6 1/8 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mrs. Henry E. Perry
Accession number
57.131A-B
Collection
Currently On View In
Leah and Charles Redish Gallery - K312

Mythical scenes of love and revelry were common themes of Apulian (South Italian) vases, which were presented as offerings to the dead at their tombs. This lekanis, or offering dish, shows a woman’s head on one side and a winged genie on the other. Genies were believed to assist with funerary rites and with the transition to the afterworld.

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Greek Art

Mythical scenes of love and revelry were common themes of Apulian (South Italian) vases, which were presented as offerings to the dead at their tombs. This lekanis, or offering dish, shows a woman’s head on one side and a winged genie on the other. Genies were believed to assist with funerary rites and with the transition to the afterworld.