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Water jar (hydria) depicting Io and Argos

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Main design on shoulder between two black figure lotus chains. In center Argos to left. Behind him Io in form of a heifer. To left of them a priestess (In Feb. 1991, Dr. A. Mantis of Acropolis Museum says it is Hera; key and sceptre are her attributes) To right a Doric column, Hermes drawing...

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By date unknown: said to be from the area of Curti and S. Maria in Campania [E. Petersen, RM 8 (1893), p. 336]; by 1893: with Cav. S. Pascale at Curti (near S. Maria); by 1898: Joseph Clark Hoppin Collection; purchased by MFA from Joseph Clark Hoppin, October 8, 1908, for $ 1,000.00

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 150.


Height: 37 cm (14 9/16 in.); diameter: 28 cm (11 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World