Water jar (hydria) with myth of Danae and Perseus

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

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


40.6 cm (16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Archaic Greece Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



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.


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