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Water jar (kalpis-hydria) depicting Danae receiving Zeus

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Danaë, seated on a pillowed couch, receives Zeus as the Shower of Gold while a female attendant and Hermes shrink back in amazement. A mirror hangs in the background. [Label text]: The scene on this vase records some of the first events in the myth of Danaë. Her father, Akrisios, was warned...

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By 1968: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., February 7, 1968

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 430 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique


The Ancient World