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Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Villa Giulia Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Helen H. Mertens Gift, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.11.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Youth and two women

The Villa Giulia Painter favored scenes of daily life in Athens. In this respect, he resembles Douris except that he worked primarily on pots rather than cups. The setting for this scene is the women's quarter of the house, indicated by the high-backed chair and especially by the kalathos (wool basket) that one woman is holding out. The youth seems to have come for an impromptu visit.
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