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Water jar (hydria) with myth of Danae and Perseus

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Danae with Perseus seated in an open chest; a girl, a maidservant and a man looking at them. [Label text]: The scene on this vase shows a later moment in the myth of Danaë and Perseus. Having been warned by an oracle that his grandson would kill him, Akrisios locked Danaë and her young son in...

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By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome; said from Cumae.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

Greek, Classical Period, about 450–440 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


40.6 cm (16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World