Terracotta hydria (water jar), Attributed to the Leagros Group, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Leagros Group
ca. 510 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 21 5/16 in. (54.1 cm)
diameter of mouth 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
diameter of foot 6 7/16 in. (16.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
On the body, Achilles and Ajax playing board game at Troy
On the shoulder, chariot departing

The scene on the body depicts one of the most popular subjects in Greek art, mainly vase-painting, between about 540 and 480 B.C. Over 150 occurrences are known. Remarkably, the original composition survives on an amphora in the Vatican Museums. The artist was Exekias, the potter and painter whose work represents the height of black-figure painting. In this variant, the painter has placed Athena stage center as the two primary Greek heroes of the Trojan War while away their time playing a game in which pieces are moved according to the roll of dice.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15(7): pp. 166, 174.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 161, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. no. 17, pp. 31, 34, 70, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. "Greek Vase Painting." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 31(1): no. 13, pp. 31, 34, 67.

Moore, Mary B. 1980. "Exekias and Telamonian Ajax." American Journal of Archaeology, 84(4): p. 421 n. 33.