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Water jar (hydria)

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Main zone of decoration between handles: sphinxes flank a gorgoneion. The snakes in the gorgon's hair curl up in symmetrical pairs. Beneath one, a crow, beneath the other, a snake. On other side between handles: roosters (poorly preserved). Above main zone, on shoulder: frieze of turkey-like...

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By 1968: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., November 13, 1968

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 540 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Sparta, Laconia, Greece


Height: 38.3 cm (15 1/16 in.) diameter (body): 28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.) diameter with handles: 35 cm (13 3/4 in.) diameter (base): 14.8 cm (5 13/16 in.) diameter (rim): 19.4 cm (7 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World