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Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Syleus Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480–470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/16 in. (36 cm) diameter with handles 14 5/8 in. (37.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.212.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Youth and boy; inscribed the boy is fair

The handles of this terracotta hydria, with a broad palmette where the handle joins the body, are influenced by their counterparts in bronze. On a terracotta work, the palmette is purely decorative. On a bronze hydria, the broad handle attachment, which may assume many forms, strengthens the points of contact to the body of the vase.
Inscription: Inscribed: "the boy is fair"
Said to be from Bolsena

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1912. "Department of Classical Art: Recent Accessions." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 7(5): p. 97.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 63, fig. 24i, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 72, 213, pl. 53i, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 63, fig. 24i, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 252, no. 45, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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