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Attic Red-Figure Hydria

Object Details

Title:

Attic Red-Figure Hydria

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Painter of London E543 (Greek (Attic), active 420 B.C. - 400 B.C.)

Culture:

Greek (Attic)

Place:

Athens, Greece (Place Created)

Date:

410–400 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Object Number:

70.AE.105

Dimensions:

19.9 × 16 × 12.5 cm (7 13/16 × 6 5/16 × 4 15/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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Object Description

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.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1951

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.

Bibliography
Bibliography

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.