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Bronze handle from a hydria (water jar)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd half of 2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
w. 9 7/8 in. (25.1cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5463
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Parallels to handles on intact bronze hydriai strongly suggest that this object was once itself attached to a hydria. The specific leaf pattern moreover, also recalls the handle design from a bronze hydria found in England, which may be dated by coin evidence to the 2nd century B.C.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4896, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 726, p. 250, New York: Gilliss Press.

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