Hydria (Water Jar)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.

Date:

About 470/460 BC

Artist:

Greek; Athens
Attributed to The Leningrad Painter

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.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Leningrad Painter

Title

Hydria (Water Jar)

Origin

Athens

Date

470 BC–460 BC

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique

Dimensions

42.4 × 37.6 × 31.8 cm (16 3/4 × 14 3/4 × 12 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

1911.456

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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