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Water jar (hydria)

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This hydria is decorated in two areas: the main panel on the body of the vessel, and a smaller panel on the shoulder. Main panel: A carpenter, wearing a short tunic pulled down to his waist, is drilling a hole in the lid of a large chest. On the right, a nursemaid is holding the baby Perseus....

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By 1912: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Gela.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 490 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 069.


Height: 41.7 cm (16 7/16 in.); diameter: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World