Spink & Son, Ltd. (London, England), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1951.
1951 - 1970
J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.
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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 104, Archaic and Classical Greece
Attic Red-Figure Hydria
Attributed to Painter of London E543 (Greek (Attic), active 420 B.C. - 400 B.C.)
Athens, Greece (Place Created)
19.9 × 16 × 12.5 cm (7 13/16 × 6 5/16 × 4 15/16 in.)
Gift of J. Paul Getty
Three-handled hydria with three women on the body. At the center, a seated woman to left, holding a necklace. She sits on a rock and wears a chiton. Added white is used for the binding in her hair. The woman on the left, wearing a band around her head (with added white dots) and a chiton holds out a casket (decorated with stripes and circles, topped by two white balls, perhaps fruit) with her right hand and a necklace with her left. Her counterpart on the right is similarly attired, and holds a mirror and a necklace. Ovolo pattern on mouth, neck and body. The private activities of women became an increasingly popular subject for vase painters in the second half of the fifth century bc. Here the rocky outcrop situates the figures outdoors, and rather than representing daily life, the scene may convey an imagined past.
Beazley, J. D. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters. 2nd ed. Oxford: 1963, p. 1348, no. 4.
Del Chiaro, Mario A. Greek Art in Private Collections of Southern California. A Loan Exhibition at the Art Gallery, University of California, Santa Barbara, exh. cat. (November 19-December 17, 1963), no. 55.
Stothart, Herbert. A Handbook of the Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1965), p. 23, no. I-58.
Del Chiaro, Mario A. Greek Art in Private Collections of Southern California. A Loan Exhibition at the Art Gallery, University of California, Santa Barbara, November 19-December 17, 1963 (revised and expanded edition: 1966), no. 55, ill.
Beazley, J. D. Paralipomena. Additions to Attic Black-figure Vase-painters and to Attic Red-figure Vase-painters. 2nd ed. Oxford: 1971, p. 483, top.