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Bronze hydria fragments
end of the 6th century B.C.
a, H. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm)
width with handle 11 15/16 in. (30.3 cm)
diameter of rim 6 3/16in. (15.7cm)
b-c, width of each 6 3/4in. (17.2cm)
d, diameter 7in. (17.8cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1957
Vertical handle, female protome (bust) above
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.
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