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

Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Circle of the Lydos
ca. 560 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
Overall: 19 3/4 x 15 1/2in. (50.1 x 39.4cm)
diameter of mouth 8 1/2in. (21.6cm)
diameter of body 12 3/16 in. (30.9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1988
Accession Number:
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.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1989. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1988–1989: Greek and Roman Art." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 47(2): pp. 8–9.

Brijder, Herman A. G. 1991. Siana Cups II: The Heidelberg Painter, Allard Pierson Series: Studies in Ancient Civilization, Vol. 8. pp. 400, 402-3, figs. 278, 298, Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Museum.

Moore, Mary B. 2006. "Hoplites, Horses, and a Comic Chorus." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 41: pp. 9, 33–35, 38–43, 45–49, figs. 1–3, pls. 1–2.

Moore, Mary B. 2010. "Hephaistos Goes Home: An Attic Black-figured Column-krater in the Metropolitan Museum." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 45: p. 27, fig. 9.