Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Villa Giulia Painter
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm) diameter 9 3/16 in. (23.3 cm)
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Museum Accession
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On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Satyr with young Dionysos between women

After Dionysos was born from the thigh of his father, Zeus, he was brought up by the nymphs on Mount Nysa; its location was indeterminate but probably in northern Greece. The representation here presents a conflation of the nymphs and the maenads who were to become his female followers.
Said to be from Nola

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 623, no. 69, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Dionysos, nos. 691, 696, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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