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.
- Ancient Greek
- Hydria (Water Jar)
- 350 BC–330 BC
- terracotta, black-glaze technique, with gilded raised clay decoration and ribbing
- 50 × 35 × 28.5 cm (19 11/16 × 13 3/4 × 11 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Hutchinson