Bronze handle of a hydria (water jar)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159

The attachment at the bottom of the vertical handle is in the form of a siren. Part woman, part bird of prey, sirens were not only guardians of tombs but also creatures notorious for their seductive songs. The figure here is executed with the utmost refinement and appears delicately enmeshed in the surrounding spiral ornaments.

Bronze handle of a hydria (water jar), Bronze, Greek

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