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Water jar (hydria-kalpis)

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Kadmos and the serpent. In the upper register is a gabled structure, possibly a heroon or a temple, its doors ajar to reveal the foreshortened roof timbers. In the pediment is a female face flanked by tendrils, perhaps an unusually tame gorgoneion. Yellow and black dots represent the...

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By date unknown: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA. 19103; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., October 15, 1969

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Greek, South Italian, Late Classical Period, about 345–335 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Campania, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 085.


Height: 49 cm (12 13/16 in.); diameter: 35 cm (10 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World