previous next


Acquired in Naples. (Old man). About 480 B.C., by the Berlin Painter (VA. p. 36; JHS. 42 p. 55 no. 101; Att. V. p. 85 no. 106; Berl. p. 20 no. 142; ARV.1. p. 141 no. 145; ARV.2 p. 210 no. 182.

The hydria is of kalpis type, with the picture, not framed, on the shoulder. The Berlin Painter has left many such hydriai; this is later than most of them.

There was doubtless another figure on the left. The old man was probably seated, with his himation let down to his waist. He wears a chiton, holds a crutch-topped stick in his left hand and touches his beard, meditatively, with his right thumb and forefinger.1 There is little relief-contour, only for the upper half of the skull, for the forefinger and lower edge of the right hand, for the shaft of the stick. The mouth has no relief. Brown for the detail of the chiton; and, as often in figures of old men, for hair and beard. Red for the wreath.

Neumann 1965, p. 199, note 432; Kurtz 1983, pp. 27, 76, 105-106, no. 67, pls. 30, 60b; Beazley Addenda 2, p. 196.

1 For this gesture see iii p. 72 (Boston 99.539).

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: