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Acrobat-dancer on a Hydria


Nathalie Choubineh
by The Trustees of The British Museum
published on 15 October 2020
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A red-figure hydria (water-jar) made and found in Campania, Italy, from c. 325-350 BCE, attributed to The Foundling Painter.
A dancing girl (orchestris) stands on her hands in an acrobatic act, which can be a somersault or a walk on hands. She is between a stool and a potter’s turntable, both of which could be used for performing amazing acrobatic acts. The hand-drums (tympana) and the decorative band of beads suggest that her performance takes place in a party. In ancient Greece, troupes of entertainers could be hired to entertain the guests at a symposium (drinking-party).

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