Paestan Red-Figure Hydria: Asteas
An ancient Paestan Greek red-figure hydria. On the obverse: Argus, the nymph, Io, and Hermes. Io is seated upon a rocky outcrop wearing a peplos with a decorated hem. Upon her head is a jeweled diadem with a cow horn frontlet. Her name is inscribed above her. On the reverse: A large palmette motif. On the sides of the vessel are painted profiles of a woman wearing a sakkos and jewelry. Attributed to Asteas.
Paestum, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy.
Asteas was one of the leading painters in Paestum from 360 BC to 340 BC. He signed 11 vases that have come down to us. The vases that he signed were among the most ambitious scenes he painted. His abundant less pretentious works were often livelier and more attractive examples of popular provincial art. A large number of vases have been attributed to his hand on the basis of style.
Formerly in a Belgian private collection.
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