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Hydria (Water Jar)

A work made of terracotta, red-figure.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, red-figure.


480-470 BCE


Attributed to the Orchard Painter
Greek; Athens

About this artwork

This vase depicts the winged goddess Eos (Dawn), wearing a diadem, chiton and himation, pursuing an unnamed youth who is probably Tithonos: she has caught him by the arm. He wears a himation and holds a lyre in his left hand. On the left of the scene a boy, heavily wrapped in his himation, flees to the left, but turns his head back to the right: he was perhaps intended to be a schoolmate.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


The Orchard Painter


Hydria (Water Jar)


Greece (Object made in)

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480 BCE–470 BCE


terracotta, red-figure


33.5 × 33.7 × 27.6 cm (13 3/16 × 13 1/4 × 10 7/8 in.)

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Museum Purchase Fund

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