Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Washing Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Between two youths, Eros tying a woman's sandals

The Washing Painter appears at his best on large vases. The charming depiction here shows Eros squatting on the ground to help a seated lady with her particularly elaborate sandals. The protagonists are usually identified as Helen flanked by her brothers, the Dioskouroi, Kastor and Polydeukes (Latin: Castor and Pollux).

Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar), Attributed to the Washing Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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