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Collection: Munich, Antikensammlungen
Summary: Women in an orchard. On the shoulder: Dionysos seated, with maenads and satyrs.
Ware: Attic Black Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Priam Painter
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 515 BC - ca. 500 BC
Primary Citation: ABV, 334.6, 677, 694; Para, 147
Shape: Hydria
Beazley Number: 301819
Region: Etruria
Period: Archaic

Decoration Description:

Body: Women in an orchard. Three women on each side flank a woman climbing a centrally placed tree and picking fruit. The two women at the left of the composition stand looking on. The woman third from the left reaches up into the tree and picks fruit which she holds in her skirt. The woman second from the right also reaches up into the tree and picks fruit, while the woman at the far right carries a basket, presumably containing the harvest, on her head. All the figures are labelled.

The Priam Painter decorated a large number of vases with scenes of women. Nine hydriae depicting women at the fountain have been attributed to this painter and a recently attributed amphora Villa Giulia, Lerici-Marescotti shows the unusual scene of women or nymphs swimming in a wooded grotto. The Priam Painter is very interested in the setting of his scenes, as the detailed rendering of architecture in his fountains and the rendering of landscape on this vase and the Lerici-Marescotti amphora demonstrate. Hurwit 1991, 42-43 points out that this extensive use of landscape elements by the Priam Painter is quite atypical for Archaic art.


On the body of the vase the figures are labelled from left: *F*I*L*T*O, Philto, over her head; *R*O*D*E, Rode, to the right of her head; *K*A*F*S*I*S, Kaphsis, to the left of her legs; *K*O*R*E*N*S, Korens, to the right of the tree trunk; *S*I*M*U*L[*E], Simule, over her head; *T*U*N*I*S, Tunnis, to the right of her legs; and *K*O*R*I*N*O *K*A*L*E, Korinno is beautiful, runs retrograde to the left of the final figure.

Sources Used:

Moon 1983, 97-118; Hurwit 1991, 33-62