Two-handled jar (amphora) with Hippodameia preparing for her wedding
about 425 B.C.
The Kadmos Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 170.
Height: 50 cm (19 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Not On View
Twisted handles and tall body. Neck and shoulder conventionally ornamented. Late style.
Side A: Landscape: in center Eros and Hippodameia; at left, Pothos and Eurynoe; at right Iaso and Asteria. Below Asteria lies a chelys lyre.
Greek names inscribed in white above heads:
(From Left to Right)
At Left: “Eurynoe” (EVRVNOH), “Pothos” (POTHOS)
Center: “Hippodameia” (HIPPODAME), “Eros” (EROS)
At Right: “Iaso” (IASO) and “Asteria” (ASTERIA)
Side B: Youth with javelin pursues woman to left. Another woman flees to right.
A famous bride in antiquity, Hippodameia is shown here preparing for her wedding to Pelops. She wears the chiton, himation and crown of a bride. Eros is present at the upper left because of his associations with love and marriage. Other individuals- Pothos, Asteria, Iaso, and Eurynoe- stand nearby and assist Hippodameia. All the figures in this scene have been labeled, their names inscribed near their heads.
From Left to Right
At Left: ΕVΡVΝΟΗ ΠΟΘΟS
Center: ΙΠΠΟΔΑΜΗ ΕΡΩS
At Right: ΙΑSΟ ΑSΤΕΡΙΑ
By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren ((according to Warren's records: The following objects [MFA 03.805-03.833, 03.836-03.837, 03.906] were found in one cemetery in Campania.); said to be from the Spinelli Collection); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900