Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta kalpis (water jar)

Late Classical
4th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Set outdoors, this scene shows a woman burning incense on an altar as she is crowned by Eros or perhaps one of his brothers, Himeros (Longing) or Pothos (Desire), in the company of followers of Dionysos. The vase has been interpreted as a wedding gift that represents an Athenian bride-to-be preparing for her wedding procession, which took place between her initiation into the mysteries of Dionysos and the mysteries of Eros.
Bieber, Margarete. 1949. "Eros and Dionysos on Kerch Vases." Hesperia Supplement, VIII: pp. 31-8, pl. 4.2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 115, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Pfrommer, Michael. 1987. Studien zu Alexandrinischer und Grossgriechischer Toreutik frühhellenistischer Zeit, Archäologische Forschungen 16. pp. 25, 28 n. 124 n. 127 n. 209, 204, Berlin: Mann.

Zaccagnino, Cristiana. 1998. Il Thymiaterion nel Mondo Greco: analisi delle fonti, tipologia, impieghi. p. 141, Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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