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Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Olcott Painter
Late Classical
ca. 360–330 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Funerary statue of a bride flanked by youths and women

In South Italian vase-painting, the rare representations of funerary statues generally precede the appearance of naiskoi (shrines). This exceptional scene shows the image of a bride with a crown and phiale (libation bowl). She stands on a high base. Tendrils on either side form a kind of arbor, and a hydria and three phialai appear below.
De Cesare, Monica. 1997. Le statue in immagine: Studi sulle raffigurazioni di statue nella pittura vascolare greca, Studia archaeologica, Vol. 88. cat. no. 142, Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Heuer, Keely Elizabeth. 2015. "Vases with Faces: Isolated Heads in South Italian Vase Painting." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 50: p. 79, fig. 32.

Trendall, Arthur Dale. 2016. Myth, Drama and Style in South Italian Vase-Painting: Selected Papers by A.D. Trendall, Ian Mcphee, ed. p. 247, Uppsala: Paul Aströms Förlag.

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