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Bronze handle of a hydria (water jar)

early 6th century B.C.
Overall: 10 1/2 x 9 13/16in. (26.7 x 25cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Two sphinxes perch on the horizontal flange that was originally attached to the mouth of the vessel. A woman's head emerges at the base of the handle, flanked by two reclining banqueters. In the past the piece was severely cleaned of all archaeological corrosion products. It has recently been cosmetically toned with removable pigments.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 15, pp. 9-10, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 33, 182, pl. 22g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1955. "Bronze Hydriai." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 13(6): p. 194.

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