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Water jar (hydria) with the chariot of Achilles dragging the corpse of Hektor

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A hydria with the dramatic scene of Achilles dragging the body of Hector behind his chariot; to the left Priam and Hecuba, parents of Hector, mourn him in the Trojan palace as Achilles with round shield stares at them; to the right, the tomb of Patroklos with his soul charging out from it; snake...

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By 1959: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (according to his certificate of ownership he had acquired the vase in 1959 in Zurich, Switzerland, from Dr. Hadzi Imam Bailde of Makri, Turkey, who had owned the vase for at least twenty-five years); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., May 8, 1963

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 520–510 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 082; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 064.


Height (to mouth): 50 cm (19 11/16 in.); diameter (of mouth): 26.1 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World