The handles and foot from a hydria (water jar) are preserved because they were cast; the hammered body, being thinner and more fragile, has been lost. The bust of a woman at the juncture of the vertical handle and the lip is characteristic of bronze hydriai—and oinochoai (jugs)—from the mid-sixth century B.C. on. The motif is appropriate because hydriai were used by women. The natural integration of a figure makes the vase more than a purely functional object.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1965. "Review: Die Hydria. Formgeschichte Und Verwendung Im Kult Des Altertums By Erika Diehl." Gnomon, 37: p. 601.
Hill, Dorothy Kent. 1976. Greek and Roman Metalware: a loan exhibition, February 14-April 14, 1976. no. 14, Baltimore: Walters Art Museum.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1979. "A Bronze Oinochoe in New York." Studies in Classical Art and Archaeology: a Tribute to Peter Heinrich von Blanckenhagen, Prof. Gunter H. Kopcke and Prof. Mary B. Moore, eds. p. 64 n. 11, pl. 17.3, Locust Valley, New York: J. J. Augustin.