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Bronze hydria (water jar) with lid

3rd century B.C.
19 1/2in. (49.5cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
66.11.12a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The Museum has the largest collection of Greek bronze hydriai in the world outside of Athens. This example illustrates the development of the shape in the third century B.C. when there was a tendency towards slimmer, more elongated proportions. Like the Hadra hydriai displayed nearby, this vase was probably used as a container for cremated remains.
Hôtel Drouot. May 19-21, 1910. Objets Antiques et du Moyen Age; Marbres, Orfèvrerie, Verrerie, Céramique, Bronzes, Ivoires. no. 95, p. 11, pl. XIII.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1965. "Greek and Roman Art." Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), No. 1965/1975: p. 116.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Thomas Hoving. 1975. "A Curator's Choice." The Chase, the Capture: Collecting at the Metropolitan. pp. 113–14, fig. 15, New York.

Herrmann, Ariel. 2000. "A Bronze Lebes in the Light of the Mahdia Wreck." From the Parts to the Whole: Acta of the 13th International Bronze Congress held at Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 28 - June 1, 1996, Carol Mattusch, Amy Brauer, and Sandra E. Knudsen, eds. p. 245 n. 20, Portsmith, R.I.: Journal of Roman Archaeology.

Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2016. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World no. 68, p. 160, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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