Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Figurine of a water bearer (hydrophoros)
Rhodes, Greece
Classical Period, late 5th century BCE
painted terracotta
H: 14; W: 4 cm
Bequest of Sam Levy, Lisbon
Accession number: 2004.47.36
Figurines like these were among the most popular temple dedications of the Classical period. The figurines probably represented either the worshiper or the daughters of the Eleusinian king Keleos, who according to myth, met Demeter at the well after the loss of her daughter Persephone and took her back to their home.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir