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Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Niobid Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 10 15/16 in. (27.7 cm); diameter 8 7/8 in. (22.6 cm); width with handles 10 15/16 in. (27.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.98
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Triptolemos between Demeter and Persephone

The Niobid Painter ranks with the Villa Giulia Painter as one of the preeminent artists of the second quarter of the fifth century B.C. The Niobid Painter is remembered particularly for mythological representations on large pots. Here, on a smaller scale, he depicts Triptolemos being dispatched by the goddess Demeter, the patroness of fertility and agriculture, and her daughter, Persephone, to teach the cultivation of grain to humanity. The great attraction of this legend—to the artist and the viewer—lies in the winged car that transports Triptolemos. The model here comes "loaded" with snakes.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1942. "The Gallatin Collection of Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 37(3): pp. 55, 58, fig. 6.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 101, fig. 75, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 85, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 101, fig. 75, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 606, no. 80, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Persephone, no. 112, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1997. Thespiades-Zodiacus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 8. Triptolemos, no. 111, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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