Herakles and Triton Dancing

ca. 550 BCE
Date Depicted:
8000 BC - 499 AD
The close-fitting Doric peplos, belted and pinned at the shoulders to form sleeves. Common features of the archaic period are the patterned fabrics and wide borders at the neckline, center front, and hem.
Greek dress depends on the body for its form. The Doric peplos is the earliest garment. More stylized, the Ionic chiton is from the classic period. Both garments are simply made with rectangular fabrics of linen or wool. In the peplos, fabric is wrapped around the body or joined back over front with a pin (fibula) or cord. It is open on the side or cross-stitched together. A cord at the waist holds it to the body. The length, normally to the ankle, is adjusted by a fold at the top edge. Sometimes made of two rectangles, the chiton is much wider than the peplos. Fabric hangs from the shoulders and falls in soft hanging folds. Neck and sleeves are formed by a series of pins along the top edge. It is belted under the bust and at the waist. The length is adjusted by blousing. The blousing is called the kolpus, which incidentally serves as a pocket.
Ceramics -- Greece -- 6th century BCE -- (YVRC)
Costume -- Greece -- (LC)
Greek (ancient)
Accession Number:
containers: dishes: plates (AAT)
costume (mode of fashion): clothing (AAT)
Content Type:
Clothing & Accessories
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Tools, Equipment & Instruments
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Source Creator:
Button, Jeanne and Sbarge, Stephen
Source Title:
History of Costume, In Slides, Notes and Commentaries: Volume 1
Source Created:
New York, NY
Theatre Arts Slide Presentations
Call Number:
GT513 +B87 1 (LC)
Orbis Barcode:
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Original Repository:
Tarquinia, Italy: Museo Archeologico Nazionale Tarquiniense