The presence of the god of love offering gifts to a
young woman suggests that this vessel was part
of a bride's dowry. It is perhaps used to mix wine
at a wedding feast during the flower of the
classical age. Such a vase seems to glow with
life, with the myriad emotions and dreams that
have touched men and women since time began.
Though the people depicted on it are mere
painted images, we cannot help but feel that they
were once real citizens of the vanished world of
antiquity, people not so very unlike ourselves.