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Bronze hydria (water jar)

early 4th century B.C.
Other: 19 x 18 5/16 in. (48.3 x 46.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1957
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The hydria has two inscriptions on the lip, indicating that it was a prize in a contest. One inscription gives the name of the presiding official, Kalliar. The other inscription, in a different hand and dialect, indicates that the contestants dedicated the prize to Herakles, for whom the games were held. The implication is that the hydria was dedicated because there was no winner.
Inscription: "Kalliar"
Said to be from the region of Olympia

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1965. "Reviewed Work: Die Hydria. Formgeschichte und Verwendung im Kult des Altertums by Erika Diehl." Gnomon, 37(6): p. 605.

Jucker, Hans. 1966. Bronzehenkel und Bronzehydria in Pesaro. p. 15 n. 41, Pesaro.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA : A Checklist. p. 193, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

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