Apulian Red-Figured Hydria

Culture: Greek/Apulian
Period: 2nd half of 4th century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 20.9 cm high
Price: 6 000 Euro
Ref: 2314
Provenance: French private collection Pierre, Claude & Janine Verité, acquired between 1930 and 1980. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: On the back stabilized cracks, otherwise only minor wear.
Description: Red-figured hydria with typically raised handles and a third vertical one which starts below the rim and reaching to the neck. Egg-and-dart pattern encircling the rim, the neck as well as the bottom frame of the image area. The scene depicts a man (Hephaestus?) with a clothless upper body and a coat thrown over, riding on a donkey. In front of him a winged genius. The attribution to Hephaestus is not confirmed because the rider does not carry the typical tools of a smith.