Women at a Fountain House

Women at a Fountain House

Artist Priam Painter”

Date ca. 520-510 BCE

Movement Greek

Medium Black-figured hydria

Height 20.875″

Housed at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Though many vases of this era were created for a male’s use (like wine kraters and amphoras) some were intended for women, like the one seen here. Women fill hydrias from animal-shaped spouts at a fountain house, their outstretched limbs and animated forms suggesting that they are enjoying a brief moment in which they can socialize together outside the confines of home.