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Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.60.75
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Woman seated by an altar and thymiaterion (incense burner) being crowned by Eros, satyr and woman with tympanon (tambourine), and woman

Set outdoors, this scene shows a woman burning incense and a satyr with a woman, who may be a maenad. The woman at the right runs away in fright. The powers of Dionysos and Eros are evidently at work.
Bieber, Margarete. 1949. "Eros and Dionysos on Kerch Vases." Hesperia Supplement, VIII: pp. 31-8, pl. 4.2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 115, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Pfrommer, Michael. 1987. Studien zu Alexandrinischer und Grossgriechischer Toreutik frühhellenistischer Zeit, Archäologische Forschungen 16. pp. 25, 28 n. 124 n. 127 n. 209, 204, Berlin: Mann.

Zaccagnino, Cristiana. 1998. Il Thymiaterion nel Mondo Greco: analisi delle fonti, tipologia, impieghi. p. 141, Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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