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Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Erbach Painter
Late Classical
early 4th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 17 5/8 in. (44.7 cm); diameter mouth 7 in. (17.8 cm); diameter foot 6 1/4 in. (15.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Poseidon and Amymone surrounded by Eros, Apollo, Dionysos, and attendants

Amymone was attacked by a satyr and rescued by the sea god Poseidon who, however, took her for himself. Her name was given to a spring that welled up where Poseidon struck the ground with his trident. In this scene, Eros seems to preside over a harmonious gathering of Dionysos with his followers and Poseidon, who occupies the center of the scene with Amymone standing beside him.
Said to be from Capua

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 1419, 1693, no. 12, Add. 1, pp. 1418-19, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1981. Vol. 1: Aara-Aphlad. Amymone, no. 78, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Kathariou, Kleopatra. 2002. "To ergastērio tou zōgraphou tou Meleagrou kai hē epochē tou : paratērēseis stēn attikē keramikē tou prōtou tetartou tou 4 ou ai. p.Ch. Ph.D. diss." Ph.D. Diss. p. 418, figs. 62A-B. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Pevnick, Seth D. 2014. Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life no. 8, p. 123, London: Giles.

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