Hydria (water jar), ca. 330–300 b.c.; red–figure
Attributed to the APZ Painter
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Terracotta; H. 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.1021.227)
A recurring question in ancient funerary representations is which figures are alive and which deceased. On this vase, the critical difference between the individuals inside and outside the naiskos is that the ladies inside are painted white. Should they be interpreted as statues, despite their lifelike actions? Or does the white signify a change in substance though not in form brought about by death?