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Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 in. (33 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.30
  • Description

    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.

  • References

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

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