Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Circle of the Lydos

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155

On the body, foot soldier and horseman
On the shoulder, chorus: flute player and dancers

This vase contributes to our knowledge of the earliest theatrical performances. The figures can be identified by their garments and particularly by the animal ears tucked into their headbands. With the assistance of contemporary representations, it is possible to relate the chorus to performances that took place before the main theatrical event.

Terracotta hydria (water jar), Attributed to the Circle of the Lydos, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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