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Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Late Classical
4th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-glaze
H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1923
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This extraordinarily beautiful vase is decorated at the neck with a wreath of vine tendrils and gilded leaves. There is gilding as well on the lip and on the delicate ornament at the handles. During the fourth century B.C., the taste for vases with anthropomorphic embellishment such as a necklace extended from Southern Italy to the Black Sea area.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Athenian Pottery: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(11): pp. 253, 255. 257, fig. 6.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 115, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Zimmermann-Elseify, Nina. 1998. Beziehungen zwischen Ton- und Metallgefässen spätklassischer und frühhellenistischer Zeit. p. 183, Rahden/Westfalen: M. Leidorf.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1999. "Ancient Glass in Athenian Temple Treasures." Journal of Glass Studies, 41: p. 31, fig. 10.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. no. 30, pp. 149-51, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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