Water jar (hydria) depicting Io and Argos

Early Classical Period
about 460 B.C.
the Agrigento Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 150.


Height: 37 cm (14 9/16 in.); diameter: 28 cm (11 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Main design on shoulder between two black figure lotus chains. In center Argos to left. Behind him Io in form of a heifer. To left of them a priestess (In Feb. 1991, Dr. A. Mantis of Acropolis Museum says it is Hera; key and sceptre are her attributes) To right a Doric column, Hermes drawing sword, an altar, a woman.
Details in purple and dark yellow paint.


By date unknown: said to be from the area of Curti and S. Maria in Campania [E. Petersen, RM 8 (1893), p. 336]; by 1893: with Cav. S. Pascale at Curti (near S. Maria); by 1898: Joseph Clark Hoppin Collection; purchased by MFA from Joseph Clark Hoppin, October 8, 1908, for $ 1,000.00

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund