c. 470-460 BC
(Greek, Attic, active c. 470-460 BC)
Overall: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)
Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.537
Nereus, a god of the sea, had 50 daughters, known as Nereids.
Broken from the rim and bowl of a drinking cup, this fragment shows a woman looking back and moving away from a bearded man. Because she holds a dolphin, she is likely a Nereid, or sea nymph. The man may be her father, Nereus, although he is usually shown with white hair and beard (appropriately, for he is often called “Old Man of the Sea”).
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