About this artwork
Created by an artist known as the Leningrad Painter, the front of this vessel shows a young couple embracing as three other young women look on. Intimate scenes of couples kissing are unusual in Greek art, especially for women of the Athenian upper class, indicating that the participants depicted here are probably courtesans known as hetairai.
Under the foot is an incised letter - upsilon, lambda or gamma - presumably a very simple trader’s mark.
- Leningrad Painter
- Hydria (Water Jar)
- 470 BC–460 BC
- terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique
- 42.4 × 37.6 × 31.8 cm (16 3/4 × 14 3/4 × 12 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society