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Hydria with Vessel Stand

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Circle of the Varrese-Painterca. 340-330 B.C.ApulianclayH 99,1 cm

This red-figure vase painting from Southern Italy is one of the most important objects from the Antiquities Collection. One of the particularities of this water vessel is its foot. It marks the vessel as a representative piece in funerary cult. It shows a tomb and three women. The richly bejewelled woman in the centre is the deceased. She is wearing a bridal veil, which is marking her as the bride of the gods of the underworld. This type of representation indicates the Dionysian belief in redemption where death is overcome. The tomb is surrounded by gift bearers and mourners.