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Bronze hydria fragments

end of the 6th century B.C.
a, H. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm) width with handle 11 15/16 in. (30.3 cm) diameter of rim 6 3/16in. (15.7cm) b-c, width of each 6 3/4in. (17.2cm) d, diameter 7in. (17.8cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1957
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Vertical handle, female protome (bust) above

The handles and foot from a hydria (water jar) are preserved because they were cast; the hammered body, being thinner and more fragile, has been lost. The bust of a woman at the juncture of the vertical handle and the lip is characteristic of bronze hydriai—and oinochoai (jugs)—from the mid-sixth century B.C. on. The motif is appropriate because hydriai were used by women. The natural integration of a figure makes the vase more than a purely functional object.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1965. "Reviewed Work: Die Hydria. Formgeschichte und Verwendung im Kult des Altertums by Erika Diehl." Gnomon, 37(6): p. 605.

Hill, Dorothy Kent. 1976. Greek and Roman Metalware: a loan exhibition, February 14-April 14, 1976. no. 14, Baltimore: Walters Art Museum.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1979. "A Bronze Oinochoe in New York." Studies in Classical Art and Archaeology: a Tribute to Peter Heinrich von Blanckenhagen, Prof. Gunter H. Kopcke and Prof. Mary B. Moore, eds. p. 64 n. 11, pl. 17.3, Locust Valley, New York: J. J. Augustin.

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