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hydria

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1843,1103.17

  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured hydria. Designs in black on red panels, separated by maeander with borders of ivy down the sides; accessories of white and purple.
    1. On the shoulder: Two quadrigae to right, into which charioteers, one beardless, with long white chitons, are stepping; between them, a dog to left regardant.
    2. On the body: Hydrophoria: In the centre is a building with two Ionic columns between antae; pediment and metopes painted white; on each side is a fountain, with a lion's head from which water is pouring into a hydria held up by a maiden. In the centre is a maiden moving to right and looking back, left hand raised, in right a hydria. All three wear embroidered chitons and himatia, the one on the right wears a sphendonè and a cap covering the whole head; the other two have long hair bound with the sphendonè. On the left is Dionysos to right, with long pointed beard and long hair, ivy-wreath, long chiton and embroidered himation, cantharos in left hand. On the right is Hermes departing to right, looking back, bearded, with long hair, fillet, embroidered chlamys, petasos, endromides, and a spear. Both these figures are of colossal size, and perhaps represent statues. In the field, branches.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 510BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 58.42 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Scene (2) may show preparations for a ritual known as the Hydrophoria. This took place on the second day of the spring festival of the Anthesteria, and involved the ceremonial pouring of water into a particular chasm.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 480 bibliographic details
    • Vase B332 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 6 III H e Pl. 88, 4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Badly damaged.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1843

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1843,1103.17

Pottery: black-figured hydria. Designs in black on red panels, separated by maeander with borders of ivy down the sides; accessories of white and purple.  1. On the shoulder: Two quadrigae to right, into which charioteers, one beardless, with long white chitons, are stepping; between them, a dog to left regardant.   2. On the body: Hydrophoria: In the centre is a building with two Ionic columns between antae; pediment and metopes painted white; on each side is a fountain, with a lion's head from which water is pouring into a hydria held up by a maiden. In the centre is a maiden moving to right and looking back, left hand raised, in right a hydria. All three wear embroidered chitons and himatia, the one on the right wears a sphendonè and a cap covering the whole head; the other two have long hair bound with the sphendonè. On the left is Dionysos to right, with long pointed beard and long hair, ivy-wreath, long chiton and embroidered himation, cantharos in left hand. On the right is Hermes departing to right, looking back, bearded, with long hair, fillet, embroidered chlamys, petasos, endromides, and a spear. Both these figures are of colossal size, and perhaps represent statues. In the field, branches.

Pottery: black-figured hydria. Designs in black on red panels, separated by maeander with borders of ivy down the sides; accessories of white and purple. 1. On the shoulder: Two quadrigae to right, into which charioteers, one beardless, with long white chitons, are stepping; between them, a dog to left regardant. 2. On the body: Hydrophoria: In the centre is a building with two Ionic columns between antae; pediment and metopes painted white; on each side is a fountain, with a lion's head from which water is pouring into a hydria held up by a maiden. In the centre is a maiden moving to right and looking back, left hand raised, in right a hydria. All three wear embroidered chitons and himatia, the one on the right wears a sphendonè and a cap covering the whole head; the other two have long hair bound with the sphendonè. On the left is Dionysos to right, with long pointed beard and long hair, ivy-wreath, long chiton and embroidered himation, cantharos in left hand. On the right is Hermes departing to right, looking back, bearded, with long hair, fillet, embroidered chlamys, petasos, endromides, and a spear. Both these figures are of colossal size, and perhaps represent statues. In the field, branches.

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