Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos
Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos
Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos
Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos
Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos
Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos
Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos
Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos
Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos
Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos
Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos

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Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos

Greek


Arthur Sambon [1867-1947], Paris; sale (Galerie Georges Petit, Paris) in 1914.{1} (Joseph Brummer Gallery, New York); Eli Lilly [1885-1977], Indianapolis; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1947 (47.37).

{1}Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, Objets d’art et de haute curiosité de l’antiquité, du moyen age, de la renaissance, et autres, May 25-28, 1914, lot no. 100.

Greek Art

The Chaire Painter is named for the inscriptions on his vases, which often read “cairi,” or “hi!”  The kylix was a drinking cup typically used at male symposia, where men would gather for drinking, music, and entertainment.  Women were not permitted at symposia, except as musicians, or concubines (hetairai), like the one shown here, who is preparing to bathe by using a cord to pull a water jug out of a large pithos, or storage vase.

Object Information

nationality
Greek
creation date
ca. 500 B.C.
materials
earthenware with slip decoration
accession number
47.37
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Ancient Art of the Mediterranean
colors