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Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Workshop of the Iliupersis Painter
Late Classical
ca. 375–350 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 16 1/16 in. (40.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Woman at a tomb

Although funerary scenes abound in South Italian vase-painting, few depict activities at a grave site. In a rare exception, this vase shows a woman tying a fillet around the pillar-shaped monument while the two others pour a libation and prepare to place a wreath. The type of grave marker and the dedications are comparable to those associated with Athenian lekythoi (oil jars) and stelai, except for the prominent pomegranates here.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 38, pp. 116-17, 308, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Carratelli, Giovanni Pugliese. 1996. The Western Greeks. Milan: Bompiani.

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