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Hydria (Water Jar)

A work made of terracotta, black-glaze with gilded raised clay and ribbing.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


350-330 BCE


Greek; Campania, Italy

About this artwork

The ribbed body of this vase was formed in a mold, then attached to the separately made feet, handles, neck, and mouth and coated with black gloss before being fired. Certain parts were left in the natural color which, along with the egg-and-dart pattern on the lower edge of the rim, provides decorative contrast. The pattern and the necklace represented on the neck were made from tiny pieces of clay which were gilded.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Hydria (Water Jar)


Apulia (Object made in)

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350 BCE–330 BCE


terracotta, black-glaze with gilded raised clay and ribbing


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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Hutchinson

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