Hydria-Kalpis (water jar): Women and Herons
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Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art & Numismatics Parallels: Herons were apparently popular household pets in Athens. They were sacred to Aphrodite and their behavior was considered a clue to changes in the weather; see J.D. Beazley The Lews House Collection of Gems (Oxford 1920) Women and herons appear on two other kalpides by the painter of the Yale Oinochoe: a vase in London 83.11-24.26 ARV 503 23 and a vase in Houston 80.95 (P.J. Holliday Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts winter 1984)The women on the Houston vase wear their hair in the same way as those on the Harvard kalpis with the queues secured in small cloth bags. For other examples of women and herons see Chicoago Art Inst. 16.140 ARV 258 18; Copenhagen 4997 ARV 1214 4; Copenhagen 7359 CVA Copenhagen 4; Louvre G 544 Louvre 8 pl. 44 5. The shape and subsidiary ornament of this kalpis are characteristic of the Painter of the Yale Oinochoe a pot-specialist who painted at least seven hydriae but also and ornament of kalpis London E 178 with the Judgment of Paris ARV 503 20. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum Bequest of David M. Robinson
Title: Hydria-Kalpis (water jar): Women and Herons
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