Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)
Attributed to the Acheloös Painter
ca. 510–500 B.C.
H. 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm); diameter of mouth 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm); diameter of foot 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Obverse, women and man at fountain houseReverse, woman and komasts (revelers)
However incomplete, this vase gives a very amusing picture of life in Athens, morning and evening. The figures on the obverse are at a fountain house, indicated by the architecture, the two panther's head waterspouts, and the block below on which to place hydriai (water jars) while they are being filled. Fountain houses were places where men and women could meet casually. On the reverse, three men wreathed with ivy disport themselves around a woman. The krotala (castanets) in her hand suggest that she is a hetaira, a professional entertainer.
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