Aphrodite Greek Marriage Vase

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Exclusive to the British Museum, a replica of an ancient Greek vase painted with a depiction of Aphrodite.

This vase forms part of a range accompanying the British Museum exhibition Feminine power: the divine to the demonic.

The terracotta vase is handmade in Greece and is inspired by an original vessel now housed in the British Museum.

The red-figure design on the vase is based on a 4th century BC lebes gamikos, a large and elaborate vessel which was used to carry water to a bride’s bath before her wedding in ancient Greek tradition. This gamikos from Campania, now Southern Italy, dates to c.340-320 BC, and features an image of the goddess of love, Aphrodite, using a bird to toy with a cat. She is waited on by an attendant holding an apple. The reverse side features swirling patterns, palmettes and other motifs typical of Greek style pottery. Aphrodite was culturally extremely important to young brides, who had little or no influence in the choosing of their future husbands, so would pray to the goddess of love to provide a worthy match for them, or to bless their union.

A fabulous home ornament for lovers of classical Greek art.

  • Product Code: CMCC74800
  • Exhibition: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
  • Material: Unglazed pottery
  • Postage Weight: 2.00 Kg

Exclusive to the British Museum, a replica of an ancient Greek vase painted with a depiction of Aphrodite.

This vase forms part of a range accompanying the British Museum exhibition Feminine power: the divine to the demonic.

The terracotta vase is handmade in Greece and is inspired by an original vessel now housed in the British Museum.

The red-figure design on the vase is based on a 4th century BC lebes gamikos, a large and elaborate vessel which was used to carry water to a bride’s bath before her wedding in ancient Greek tradition. This gamikos from Campania, now Southern Italy, dates to c.340-320 BC, and features an image of the goddess of love, Aphrodite, using a bird to toy with a cat. She is waited on by an attendant holding an apple. The reverse side features swirling patterns, palmettes and other motifs typical of Greek style pottery. Aphrodite was culturally extremely important to young brides, who had little or no influence in the choosing of their future husbands, so would pray to the goddess of love to provide a worthy match for them, or to bless their union.

A fabulous home ornament for lovers of classical Greek art.

  • Product Code: CMCC74800
  • Exhibition: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
  • Material: Unglazed pottery
  • Postage Weight: 2.00 Kg
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