• Red-figured Hydria (Kalpis): Warrior by a Well and a Woman

    Dimensions:
    height: 37,5 cm

Red-figured Hydria (Kalpis): Warrior by a Well and a Woman

Created: Attica. Circa 500 BC

Found:

Kalpis is a form of hydria, for carrying water, with three handles and a spherical body. This vessel is covered all over with black lacquer, and only on its shoulders there is an image - a red-figure scene from the Trojan cycle of myths. By a spring in the form of a column with a lion's head is a young woman filling a kalpis: this is the daughter of King Priam, Polyxena. Hiding behind the column is Achilles, waiting for Troilus, brother of Polyxena, who has accompanied his sister to the spring. A raven sitting on the fountain is a symbol of coming disaster, and thus indicates the death of Troilus at the hands of Achilles. The Greeks would quickly have understood the reference to the tragic subject in this apparently ordinary little scene, despite the simplicity of the style and generalized depiction of details.

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Red-figured Hydria (Kalpis): Warrior by a Well and a Woman

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height: 37,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1834; formerly in the Pizzati collection

Inventory Number:

ГР-2030

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