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The Greek House
Home Furnishings

Attic Red Figure Hydria
ca.460-450 B.C.
By the Penthesileia Painter
H.24.7; L.25.0;Dia.20.0 cm. UM neg. S4-95090-94 (132k)
A matron, joined by her young daughter and short-haired servant, holds a three-legged basket or situla. Behind is a stool with a woven cushion. The items most commonly illustrated on vases and on stone reliefs include chairs, stools, couches, tables and various kinds of chests, boxes and baskets. Since these were originally largely made of wood and other organic materials, their survival tends to be poor, but specimens of Greek furniture have been found in tombs.

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