AN APULIAN RED-FIGURED HYDRIA
ATTRIBUTED TO THE ARPI PAINTER, CIRCA 340-320 B.C.
The body with a draped female seated on an Ionic column capital, an open larnax in her raised left hand, facing right but looking back at a nude youth, a filled patera in his left hand, an alabastron in his right, leaning on a staff, drapery flowing over his left arm, nude winged Eros alighting before her with a staff and a filleted wreath, a draped female at the far left, moving left and looking back, a filled basket in her raised left hand, a branch in her right; meander and saltire squares encircling below, swastika meander above; the shoulders with an Amazonomachy, an Amazon on horseback at the center, wearing striped pants, being speared from behind by a nude warrior wearing a Phrygian helmet, his mantle billowing, a fallen Amazon behind him, bleeding, her head fallen forward with her hair obscuring her face, her pelta shield above, to the far right an Amazon with a pelta shield fleeing to the right; the neck with a frontal-facing Amazon head between volutes and blossoms, ovolo at the base of the neck, incised ovolo on the rim, a large palmette complex (mostly lost) below the handle; details in added white, yellow and red
19 7/8 in. (50.5 cm.) high