Water jar (hydria) depicting Io and Argos

Greek
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.

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

08.417

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

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