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Water jar (hydria)

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Main scene on body: Four gesturing women, walking to the right, bear water jars (two hydriai and two kalpides) on their heads. Scene on shoulder: a helmeted warrior, on one knee, holding shield and spear, is attacked by two horsemen with spears.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 530–520 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 074.


Height: 35.2 cm (13 7/8 in.); diameter: 25.9 cm (10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World