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Handle of a hydria (water jar)

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The base takes the form of a Siren with spread wings, feet together on a palmette from which volutes rise to left and right. The handle is fluted, and there is an ovolo pattern at the join to the vase itself. Green crusty patina.

Provenance

By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens - said to be from Elis and "that is the look of an Elis thing."); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 419; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

99.467

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels