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Historic Images of the Greek Bronze Age: The Reproductions of E. Gilliéron and Son

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Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Eucharides Painter

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 3/4 in. (35 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Christos G. Bastis, 1967
Accession Number:
67.44.2
  • Description

    Men courting women

    Respectable women spent most of their time within the confines of home under the guardianship of their fathers or husbands. One of the few times when young men could see marriageable girls was at public festivals. This scene of men holding branches and speaking with women may show such an occasion, or it may represent an encounter with professional prostitutes.

  • References

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 208, p. 54, pls. 76-78.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich, Bernard V. Bothmer, Pat Getz-Preziosi, Diana Buitron-Oliver, and Andrew Oliver, Jr. 1987. Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, Emma Swan Hall, ed. Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, no. F, pp. 324-25.

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