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Bronze hydria (water jar)

3rd quarter of the 6th century B.C.
H. 16 9/16 in. (42 cm)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
On vertical handle, lions above and a female bust below. On the side handles, ducks' heads.
Bronze hydriai produce a more sober and archaic impression than their terracotta counterparts due to the exigencies of the material. Without extensive figural decoration, the shape and its articulation are paramount. A variety of organic elements are introduced in the handles—the bust of a woman, lions, and a palmette on the vertical handle; ducks' heads and palmettes on the horizontal handles.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1967. "Ninety-seventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1966-1967." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 26(2): pp. 74-5.

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