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Hydria (Water Jug)
High Classical Period, 460/450 B.C.

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Mediterranean
Creator Dates/Places: Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Active Place: Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Name-CRT: Greek (Attic)
Creator Name: Leningrad Painter
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Greek, fl. 460-450 B.C. Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Name-CRT: Leningrad Painter
Title: Hydria (Water Jug)
Title Type: preferred
Title: Water Jug
Title Type: alternate
View: Front view
Creation Start Date: -46
Creation End Date: -45
Creation Date: High Classical Period, 460/450 B.C.
Creation Place: Europe,Greece,Greater Athens,Athens
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Vessel
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware, red-figure technique
Dimensions: H.: 42.4 cm (16-3/4 in.)W.: 37.6 cm (14-3/4 in.)Diam. at mouth: 10.3 cm (4-1/16 in.)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1911.456
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Martin A. Ryerson
Subject Description: A group of five figures stand on a ground line supported by a decorative border. The pair in the middle are the focus of the composition. A garlanded youth with a himation slung around his waist and leaning on a stick in a contrived manner moves toward agirl, putting his left arm around her and grasping suggestively with his right hand toward her groin. She tilts her face towards his, puts her right arm around his neck, and seems ready to caress his ear with her left hand. The embroidery frame lends a domestic flavor to the scene, but the walking sticks suggest that the lads have come from elsewhere and are not at home.
Context: Intimate scenes of couples kissing are unusual in Greek art, and this scene is unique in the work of the Leningrad Painter. Women of the Athenian upper class were never shown participating in such activity in the fifth century B.C., indicating that the participants depicted here are probably courtesans.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1911.456
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

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