Above, head and pelt of lion flanked by gorgoneia (Gorgons' heads) Below, frontal siren
Lions and women appear repeatedly in bronze hydria handles. Although its meaning is not clear, the lion lends itself in many ways to being incorporated into a handle. The present work is exceptional in the execution of detail.
von Bothmer, Dietrich, Bernard V. Bothmer, Pat Getz-Preziosi, Diana Buitron-Oliver, and Andrew Oliver, Jr. 1987. Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, Emma Swan Hall, ed. no. 95, pp. 182–86, figs. 95a–95f, Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1992-1993." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 51(2): p. 14.