Bronze hydria: kalpis (water jar), Bronze, Greek, Attic

Bronze hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Archaic or Early Classical
early 5th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
H. 12 3/8 (31.4 cm.)
width 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joyce and Dietrich von Bothmer, in memory of Christos G. Bastis, 1999
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
An inscription on the top of the mouth reads: "One of the prizes from the competition in honor of the Dioskouroi." Although the Panathenaic games were the most famous events in Attica, there were others. The Dioskouroi are the legendary twin brothers of Helen, whose beauty precipitated the Trojan War.
Inscription: Inscribed on top of the mouth: "one of the prizes from the competition in honor of the Dioskouri"
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Amandry, Pierre. 1971. "Collection Paul Canellopoulos (I): Armes et lébès de bronze." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 95(2): p. 615.

Sotheby's, New York. 1999. Antiquities and Islamic Works of Art. December 10, 1999. lot 256.

Fossey, John M. and Jane E. Francis. 2004. The Diniacopoulos Collection in Québec : Greek and Roman Antiquities p. 18, Montréal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.