Attic Red-Figure Kylix: Hetaira Drawing Water from a Pithos

Creation date
earthenware with slip decoration
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly
Accession number
Currently On View In
Leah and Charles Redish Gallery - K312
Arthur Sambon [1867-1947], Paris; sale (Galerie Georges Petit, Paris) in 1914.{1} (Joseph Brummer Gallery, New York); Eli Lilly [1885-1977], Indianapolis; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1947 (47.37).

{1}Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, Objets d’art et de haute curiosité de l’antiquité, du moyen age, de la renaissance, et autres, May 25-28, 1914, lot no. 100.
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Greek Art

The Chaire Painter is named for the inscriptions on his vases, which often read “cairi,” or “hi!”  The kylix was a drinking cup typically used at male symposia, where men would gather for drinking, music, and entertainment.  Women were not permitted at symposia, except as musicians, or concubines (hetairai), like the one shown here, who is preparing to bathe by using a cord to pull a water jug out of a large pithos, or storage vase.