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Red-figured Hydria

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4400, Red-figured Hydria, Classical Period; from Campania; c. 360-330 B.C.

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Greek
Material: terracotta
Dimensions: h. 13 in / 33 cm

The main subject of this hydria is Herakles being attended to by a satyr, identified by his tail and pointy ears. Herakles wears his lion skin, reclining while the satyr offers him a drink. A laurel wreath wraps around the shoulders of the vase. This hydria is a perfect example of red figure painting, a technique in which the ground is painted black, leaving the figures the red colour of the pottery so details can be painted instead of incised, as in black figure painting.

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