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Handle of a water jar (hydria) or pitcher

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On the handle a kouros grasps the tails of two lions flanking his head. His feet are placed together on an inverted palmette with a ram on either side. The tail of one lion is broken off at the youth's hand. Thick crusty green patina.


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Patras. Probably or certainly from Palaeopolis.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry 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 525–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 411; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height: 20.6 cm (8 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World