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Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Class of Hamburg 1917.477
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 510–500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.77
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Women at fountain house
On the shoulder, combat

Among the many changes brought to the city of Athens by
the ruler Peisistratos and his sons was an improved water
system and new public fountains. During the latter part of
the sixth century B.C., scenes of women at a fountain house
became very popular on black-figure vases. Here women
gather to chat and to fill their hydriai.
McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 42-44, fig. 51, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 42-44, fig. 51, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metzger, Henri. 1951. Les représentations dans la céramique attique du IVe siècle. no. 18, pp. 24, 26, 96-9, Paris: E. de Boccard.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tölle-Kastenbein, Renate. 1994. Das archaische Wasserleitungsnetz für Athen und seine späteren Bauphasen. pp. 94ff, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. no. 18, pp. 24, 26, 96-99, 122, 144, 150, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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