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Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Eagle Painter
ca. 520–510 B.C.
Greek, Caeretan
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm) diameter of body 12 15/16 in. (32.8 cm) diameter of lip 7 3/8 in. (18.8 cm) diameter of foot 7 1/16 in. (18 cm) width with handles 14 15/16 in. (38 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Obverse, a lion and a leopard felling a bull
Reverse, two horsemen

This jar belongs to a small group of distinctive hydriae found in Etruria that are believed to have been produced by East Greek craftsmen who had emigrated to Caere, an Etruscan city on the Italian coast, north of Rome. Here, two felines attacking a bull are surrounded by beautifully drawn ivy wreaths.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1964. "Reports of the Departments." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 23(2): p. 72.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 64, pp. 67, 419, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 130 n. 179 [p. 312], New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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