Two-handled jar (amphora) with Hippodameia preparing for her wedding

Greek
Classical Period
about 425 B.C.
The Kadmos Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 170.

Dimensions

Height: 50 cm (19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.821

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

[Label text]:
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.

Inscription

From Left to Right
At Left: ΕVΡVΝΟΗ ΠΟΘΟS
Center: ΙΠΠΟΔΑΜΗ ΕΡΩS
At Right: ΙΑSΟ ΑSΤΕΡΙΑ

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900