From:UC Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectA hydria was used to store and serve water, and was a staple vase of the symposium, or Greek drinking party. This hydria is unusual as the handles are notably thin.
The main scene on the vase is of two women standing between three white columns. Both women wear long chitons (a form of Greek dress) with double black stripes down the sides, brooches at the shoulder, and beaded girdles at the waist. They have shoes on their feet. The one on the left, who looks in a mirror, has her hair in a sakkos (a hair covering) and wears a stephane (a pointed metal headband); the other wears a kekryphalos (another form of hair covering) and a stephane. Below the scene is a wave pattern.
The intention of the columns as a setting is not clear. They may be a representation of a stage background in a theatre, or alternatively could indicate a temple or sanctuary setting.
This vase was probably made in Capua (Italy) and is the name vase of the Column Painter. The Column Painter was a younger colleague of the Errera Painter, who was responsible for a good number of vases at this period. The Column Painter, however, has only five vases attributed to him. He depicted women with characteristically massive lower jaws and painted drapery with wavy hems. He seems to borrow a number of details, such as the heaviness of the figures, from the Errera Painter.
MakerAttributed to the Column Painter
Date Madeca. 350-300 BC
Place NotesProbably made in Capua
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: Pottery
Style and IconographyCampanian
Style and IconographyRed-figure
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
TechniqueRed-figure vase painting
MeasurementsHeight 218mm; Diameter 142mm
Subject and Association KeywordsWomen in art
Subject and Association KeywordsClothing and dress
Subject and Association KeywordsTheatre in art
Subject and Association KeywordsArchitecture in art
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by M.K. Steven, 1970.
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