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Terracotta column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)

Attributed to the Orchard Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 17 3/8 in. (44.1 cm) diameter (with handles) 18 1/8 in. (46 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.74
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, women gathering apples
Reverse, two youths and two women

This scene of five women gathering apples into wicker baskets is taken from daily life, but it brings to mind representations of the beautiful Hesperids, who guarded a tree of golden apples that brought immortality.
Beazley, John D. 1942. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters. no. 1, p. 346, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 87, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 523, no. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo National Museum, and Kyoto Municipal Museum. 1972. Treasured Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 31, fig. 31, Tokyo: Tokyo National Museum.

Antikensammlung, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. 2002. Die Griechische Klassik: Idee oder Wirklichkeit. no. 307, p. 457, Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

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