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Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Orpheus Painter
ca. 430 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 16 3/4 in. (42.49 cm); diameter 12 3/16 in. (31 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Eros presenting shoes to bride, surrounded by groom, two other men, and four women

The decoration of a hydria is normally restricted to the front of the vase. The charming scene here wraps around the entire circumference.
Southern Italy

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