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Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

ca. 510 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 13 in. (33 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
On the shoulder, two warriors in combat

The shape and the glossy black glaze contribute decisively to the elegance and power of the hydria. The combat on the shoulder, probably deliberately anonymous, evokes a heroic encounter from the epic cycle of poems concerning the Trojan War of which only the Iliad and the Odyssey survive. The palmette ornament in the handle zone represents a motif popular with red-figure vase-painters of the generation contemporary with Euphronios.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 173.

Avery, Catherine B. 1972[1962]. The New Century Handbook of Greek Art and Architecture. p. 119, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.

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