The lebes gamikos was a distinctive vessel form thought to have been presented to the bride as a wedding gift. According to Reeder (p. 229 and 233 in Pandora, Women in Classical Greece), "In the Classical era the lebes gamikos was exclusively associated with the wedding and apparently served no other function than to hold sprigs of myrtle evocative of fertility and joy." The scenes depicted on them are always connected with matrimony, as here, and often include winged females, "variously identified as Nikai and as chthonic (Underworld) deities, for whom it was customary to offer libations as part of wedding ritual." Their presence "reminds us that every bride was envisioned as inhabiting a supra-human sphere, coming to occupy through the wedding ritual a status approximating that of the divine brides Pandora and Thetis." For related lebetes gamikoi see nos. 28 and 58, op. cit.