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Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Villa Giulia Painter
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Helen H. Mertens Gift, 1972
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Youth and two women

The Villa Giulia Painter favored scenes of daily life in Athens. In this respect, he resembles Douris except that he worked primarily on pots rather than cups. The setting for this scene is the women's quarter of the house, indicated by the high-backed chair and especially by the kalathos (wool basket) that one woman is holding out. The youth seems to have come for an impromptu visit.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. no. 63, p. 623, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1973. "One Hundred Third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1972 through June 30, 1973." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 103: p. 44.

Sutton, Robert. 1981. "The interaction between Men and Women Portrayed on Attic Red-figure Pottery." Ph.D. Diss. no. G74, p. 403. University of Michigan.

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