Vertical handle of a bronze hydria (water jar)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155

Above, head and pelt of lion flanked by gorgoneia (Gorgons' heads)
Below, frontal siren

Lions and women appear repeatedly in bronze hydria handles. Although its meaning is not clear, the lion lends itself in many ways to being incorporated into a handle. The present work is exceptional in the execution of detail.

Vertical handle of a bronze hydria (water jar), Bronze, Greek

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