Water jar (hydria) depicting Io and Argos
Early Classical Period
about 460 B.C.
the Agrigento Painter
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 150.
Height: 37 cm (14 9/16 in.); diameter: 28 cm (11 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Not On View
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
Otis Norcross Fund