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Vertical handle of a bronze hydria (water jar)

mid-5th century B.C.
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm) width from gorgon to gorgon 7 7/16 in. (18.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Christos G. Bastis, 1993
Accession Number:
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.
von Bothmer, Dietrich, Bernard V. Bothmer, Pat Getz-Preziosi, Diana Buitron-Oliver, and Andrew Oliver, Jr. 1987. Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, Emma Swan Hall, ed. no. 95, pp. 182–86, figs. 95a–95f, Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

von Bothmer, Dietrich, Carlos A. Picón, Joan R. Mertens, and Elizabeth J. Milleker. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1992–1993: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 51(2): p. 14.

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