Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154

On the body, Herakles and Triton
On the shoulder, Dionysos in a chariot and three maenads

A number of details indicate that this vase was probably made after the introduction of the red-figure technique about 530 B.C. The incision, especially of human musculature, reflects the fluency made possible by red-figure. The composition is bursting its frame, and much of the mouth of the vase is unglazed —with the result that the work appears lighter.

Terracotta hydria (water jar), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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