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Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Group of Naples 3227
Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 350–320 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1901
Accession Number:
01.8.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
On the body, return of a mounted warrior
On the shoulder, tritons
Under the handles, head of a woman

An Italic warrior, wearing the characteristic plumed helmet, is greeted by a woman who holds the horse's bridle and an attendant carrying the oinochoe and phiale (jug and libation bowl) for an offering. The scene is remarkable for the freshness of the color. Of equal note are the triton and tritoness on the shoulder. The rarity of marine mythology in South Italian vase-painting contrasts greatly with Athenian practice.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 145, fig. 91, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 182, 185, fig. 124, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 182, 185, fig. 124, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 117, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 92, pp. 14, 20, 210-11, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1997. Thespiades-Zodiacus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 8. Tritones, no. 11, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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