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Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 520–510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 18 3/16 in. (46.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.70
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
On the body, Herakles and Triton
On the shoulder, Dionysos in a chariot and three maenads

A number of details indicate that this vase was probably made after the introduction of the red-figure technique about 530 B.C. The incision, especially of human musculature, reflects the fluency made possible by red-figure. The composition is bursting its frame, and much of the mouth of the vase is unglazed —with the result that the work appears lighter.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1916. "Recent Accessions of Greek Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 11(12):

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 79, fig. 47, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A., Marjorie J. Milne, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1922. Shapes of Greek Vases. New York.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 91, fig. 58, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 91, fig. 58, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 12, figs. 78-79, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 61, 202, pl. 42f, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 34, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

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