|PAESTAN LARGE RED-FIGURE HYDRIA BY ASTEAS
Argus, the nymph, Io, and Hermes. Io is seated upon a rocky outcrop wearing a delicate peplos with embroidered edging. Upon her head is a jewelled diadem with cow horn frontlet. Her name is inscribed above her. Beneath the handles is painted the profile bust of a female wearing a sakkos and jewels.
Zeus dispatched Hermes to slay Argus and set the nymph Io free. Hermes sang Argus to sleep, used his magic wand to seal Argus's eyes shut, and decapitated Argus.
Ca. 350-340 BC
H. 19 1/4 in. (49 cm.)
Ex G. collection, Belgium.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2014, no. 125.