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Hydria (Water Jar)

A work made of terracotta, black-glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-glaze.


400-350 BCE


Greek; probably Campania, Italy

About this artwork

The black-glazed body of this water jar is decorated with vertical ribbing, but under the vertical handle there is a stack of three inverted “v”s. There is a frieze of red-figured ovolos on the edge of the mouth.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Hydria (Water Jar)


Greece (Object made in)

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400 BCE–350 BCE


terracotta, black-glaze


38.4 × 29.2 × 27.8 cm (15 1/8 × 11 1/2 × 9 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Chester D. Tripp

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