Ure Museum Database

Accession_Number 49.4.2
Shape Hydria
Material Terracotta
Fabric Apulian
Munsell_color 5YR 6/4
Decoration Woman with a fan and a ball, seated in a naiskos; kalathos on either side. The inner side of the rim bears a broad band (in the middle of the surface). The top surface bears traces of carelessly applied red colour. The edge is also black and its side surface bears a reserved line and a black line underneath, from which seem to be hanging short, vertical lines. The upper part of the neck is reserved, but bears a black band on its lower part. The rest of the neck is decorated with black colour, on top of which there is a tongue pattern in yellow (faded away) that contours the vessel (long, pointed on the bottom tongues). Below, there is a reserved line. Side A: The main scene depicts a female figure seated in a naiskos (monument with pediment, from whose upper part emerge palmettes and tendrils, epistylion, an ionic column on either side an top of a stylobates or crepis, the latter represented with a perpetual pattern of voluted motives and dots in between, framed by white lines, thin, black bands and white bands), on a diphros okladias. The woman is facing left, she is wearing a peplos, holding a fan with her right hand and a round object with the left one, below which there is a row of dots. She also wears a kalyptra and has her hair in a bun, from which emerge two wavy lines with round terminations. Behind her, at the level of her head, there is a window (square object with the middle part riddled). The naiskos is flanked by a kalathos on either side, decorated with black and yellow horizontal lines, tendrils and branches, as well as yellow tongues and yellow meander pattern. There is a row of yellow dots below each kalathos and a rosette on top. Below the row of dots underneath the left kalathos there is another rosette, whereas underneath the row of dots below the right kalathos there is a phiale. The details are executed with added yellow. The handles are black. The reverse is decorated with floral motifs: the area underneath the vertical handle is black, with an H-shaped black motif divided in two by a vertical line, on a round, brown background. The surface below the vertical handle depicts two fan-shaped palmettes, from which emerge elaborate, voluted floral patterns that expand to the surface below the horizontal handles. The lower part of the body is contoured by a wavy-like pattern on a brown background. The area below is black, although streaky on some areas, while the lowest part of the body is reserved but glazed. The foot is black, with a reserved resting surface.
Condition The vessel is repaired but incomplete, since a large part (1/4) of foot is missing. The lip is also repaired (from two fragments), but a small part is still missing. There is also a cracking on the interior of the rim. Many small bits have been pitted off from the vessel and a few small spots have been chipped off. Additionally, part of the paint on side A is wearing off. There is plaster on the interior of the mouth, as well as plaster and adhesives on other surfaces ((area underneath the rim and on the one handle) and resting surface bears traces of plaster as well and deposits?
Technique/Style Red figure
Period Early Hellenistic
Date 325-300
Artist Perhaps Baltimore Painter or Patera Painter
Attribution Trendall and Cambitoglou, RFVA 2.955, 2.956.375, class this hydria among the 'naiskos vases' associated with the followers of the Baltimore Painter and the Patera Painter.

Front view of an Apulian red-figure hydria: detail showing a woman seated in a naiskos.

Front view of an Apulian red-figure hydria: detail showing a woman seated in a naiskos.

Front view of an Apulian red-figure hydria: detail showing a woman seated in a naiskos.

Front view of an Apulian red-figure hydria, showing a woman seated in a naiskos.

Left side view of an Apulian red-figure hydria.

Back view of an Apulian red-figure hydria, showing two superimposed palmettes and all three handles.

Right side view of an Apulian red-figure hydria,

Back view of an Apulian red-figure hydria, showing palmette designs beneath the handle.

Right side view of an Apulian red-figure hydria, showing the handle.

Front view of an Apulian red-figure hydria, showing a woman with a palmette fan seated within a naiskos, between two kalathos baskets.


Bibliography Tillyard, Hope Vases no.242; RFVA 28/375
Height 45.5
Diameters Rim 16.8; body 27.0; base 14.2
Handle_height 12.8
Other_dims. Horizontal handle 6.0
Location Timeline 3a bottom
Edited_by Denise; Georgia; Kinsey; Joana Varela
Date_edited 10.09.2002; 25.06.2003; 20.01.2006; 18.04.2017
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