Main panel: girl on right, upper half

Main panel: girl on right

Main panel: woman with wreath, lower half

Main panel: woman with basket, mid section

Main panel: woman with basket, upper half

Main panel: woman with wreath, upper half

Collection: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania
Summary: Three women conversing.
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Penthesilea Painter
Date: ca. 460 BC - ca. 450 BC

H. 0.245 m., D. body 0.213 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 890, 171
Shape: Hydria
Beazley Number: 211734
Period: Early Classical


The hydria is in very good condition. Portions of the red surface of the vase are slightly worn.

Decoration Description:

Three women conversing. The central woman stands facing forward, one hip thrust out, and turns her head to the left to converse with another woman. She holds a wide, flat-bottomed basket with three short legs at her right side. Her left hand is held limp-wristed at her waist. Her hair is wrapped in a sakkos, with short curls falling out in front of her ear. The woman on the left faces the central woman, holding a wreath in her left hand and gesturing with her close-fingered right hand. She has a short, curly hairstyle. The young girl on the right faces the two women, gesturing with her left hand which is hidden under her himation. She has long hair which falls down her back, and bangs and short curls in front of her ears. All the women are dressed in chiton and himation and are barefoot. A cushioned stool on the right of the central woman is partially hidden behind her.

Collection History:

The vase originally belonged in the collection of William S. Vaux. It was bequeathed to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1882, and has been on extended loan to the University Museum, Philadelphia, since 1935.