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Collecting water

Height: 50.600 cm

GR 1837.6-9.53 (Vases B 334)

Collecting water

From: made in Greece
Date: about 520-500 BC

In poorer families in Greece jobs were probably shared out, but certain tasks were usually connected with men and others with women. This vase shows that getting water was thought to be women's work.

The picture is of a fountain house, where water is pouring from spouts in the form of lions' heads. The two women in the centre are filling up their pots, while at either side two more women are walking away balancing their pots on their heads. This was a very suitable picture for this shape of vase (called a hydria), because it was used to carry water.