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Terracotta kalpis (water jar)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.60.75
  • Description

    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.

  • References

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

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