Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Olcott Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161

Funerary statue of a bride flanked by youths and women

In South Italian vase-painting, the rare representations of funerary statues generally precede the appearance of naiskoi (shrines). This exceptional scene shows the image of a bride with a crown and phiale (libation bowl). She stands on a high base. Tendrils on either side form a kind of arbor, and a hydria and three phialai appear below.

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

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