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Vertical handle of a bronze hydria (water jar)

Period:
Classical
Date:
mid-5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm) width from gorgon to gorgon 7 7/16 in. (18.9 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Christos G. Bastis, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.133
  • Description

    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.

  • References

    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. Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, no. 95, pp. 182-86, figs. 95a-95f.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1992-1993." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 51(2): p. 14.

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