Dec 22, 2020

Fragment from Red-Figure Kylix: Nereus(?) and Nereid

Fragment from Red-Figure Kylix: Nereus(?) and Nereid

c. 470–460 BC

manner of Pistoxenos Painter

(Greek, Attic, active c. 470-460 BC)

Ceramic

Overall: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.537

Location

Did you know?

Nereus, a god of the sea, had 50 daughters, known as Nereids.

Description

Broken from the rim and bowl of a drinking cup, this fragment shows a woman looking back and moving away from a bearded man. Because she holds a dolphin, she is likely a Nereid, or sea nymph. The man may be her father, Nereus, although he is usually shown with white hair and beard (appropriately, for he is often called “Old Man of the Sea”).

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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