Water jar (hydria) with myth of Danae and Perseus

Greek
Classical Period
about 450–440 B.C.
the Danae Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

40.6 cm (16 in.)

Accession Number

03.792

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The scene on this vase shows a later moment in the myth of Danaë and Perseus. Having been warned by an oracle that his grandson would kill him, Akrisios locked Danaë and her young son in a chest and set it afloat. Danaë and Perseus sit in the open chest while Akrisios, a young girl and a maidservant bid farewell.

Provenance

By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome; said from Cumae.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900