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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Maker(s):Eye-Siren Painter, Circle of Antimenes
Culture:Greek
Title:Shoulder hydria
Date Made:Archaic Period; 525-500 BCE
Type:Ceramic
Materials:Ceramic/pottery; earthenware
Place Made:Greece
Measurements:Overall: 18 1/16 in x 16 in; 45.9 cm x 40.6 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1932.6.B.SII
Credit Line:Purchase with the Nancy Everett Dwight Fund
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Currently on view

Description:
Black-figure ware shoulder hydria, or water jar; Shoulder panel: three hoplite warriors in battle with female onlookers; the warriors wear Corinthian helmets and carry shields and javelins. At the right and left of the warriors, two women raise their arms in a gesture of anxiety.
Main panel: Athena steps into a chariot; nude Herakles faces her holding bow and club; Apollo stands behind four horses and holds a lyre; an unidentified female goddess (head now missing) stands behind the horse's withers; Hermes holds a caduceus and stands at the horses' heads.
Predella: A deer hunt showing three horsemen and one man on foot rushing after a stag.
The lip, the rolled rim and the offset neck of this hydria are black except for some visible losses of glaze; the inside consists of a black neck and a reserved body. The main panel is framed by tongues alternating in red and black. The three internally reserved handles consist of two different shapes; one large, vertical handle for carrying the hydria when empty and for pouring water when full, and two horizontal handles used to lift the vessel out of the well. The main pictorial field is bordered on each side by laterally paired ivy leaves which are joined to one central vine stem. The foot is of one degree and is black except for some visible loss of glaze and a thin reserved stripe on the edge. The bottom of the foot is reserved as well. A row of rays circle the base of the vase.

Keywords/Tags:
ancient; archaeology

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