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 in. (30.5 cm)
diameter 9 3/16 in. (23.3 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Museum Accession

Accession Number: X.313.1


After Dionysos was born from the thigh of his father, Zeus, he was brought up by the nymphs on Mount Nysa–its location was indeterminate but probably in northern Greece. The representation here presents a conflation of the nymphs and the maenads who were to become his female followers.