Polychrome Lebes Gamikos (Marriage Vessel)
circa 300 BCE-289 BCE
3rd century BCE
81.5 cm (32 1/16 in.)
Europe, Sicilian (Centuripe)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1981
Polychrome decoration uses surface paint in vivid shades of pink, blue, and other colors, but it is much less durable than black- or red-figure painting. The male and female figures barely visible on the body of this vase would have been more defined when they were painted. Polychrome vases were designed only for display, usually in funerary contexts.