Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the APZ Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

Three women within a naiskos (shrine) between youths and women.
Under the handles, head of a woman

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?

Terracotta hydria (water jar), Attributed to the APZ Painter, Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Campanian

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