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Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Washing Painter
ca. 430–420 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); diameter 11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
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).
Said to be from Greece

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1130, no. 152, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Robertson, Martin and Cambridge University Press. 1975. A History of Greek Art, Vols. 1 and 2. p. 665 n. 219, Cambridge, England.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Helene, no. 80, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Blundell, Sue. 2002. "Clutching at Clothes." Women's Dress in the Ancient Greek World, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, ed. p. 165 n. 24, London: Gerald Duckworth.

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