Hydria (Water Jar)

A work made of terracotta, black-glaze technique, with gilded raised clay decoration and ribbing.
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  • A work made of terracotta, black-glaze technique, with gilded raised clay decoration and ribbing.

Date:

350/330 BC

Artist:

Greek; Campania, Italy

About this artwork

The ribbed bodies of both of these vases were formed in a mold, attached to separately made feet, handles, necks, and mouths, and coated with black gloss before they were fired. Parts of the hydria, or water jar, were left in the natural color of the clay to provide decorative contrast. An egg-and-dart pattern on the lower edge of the rim provides decorative contrast. The pattern and the necklace represented in clay on the neck are made from tiny pieces of clay which are gilded. The kantharos sits on a high stem that rises from a thick, articulated foot, emulating much more costly vessels made from silver or bronze.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Hydria (Water Jar)

Origin

Puglia

Date

350 BC–330 BC

Medium

terracotta, black-glaze technique, with gilded raised clay decoration and ribbing

Dimensions

50 × 35 × 28.5 cm (19 11/16 × 13 3/4 × 11 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1929.698

Extended information about this artwork

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