Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Class of Hamburg 1917.477

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. 510–500 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; black-figure

Dimensions: H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Accession Number: 06.1021.77


Among the many changes brought to the city of Athens by
the ruler Peisistratos and his sons was an improved water
system and new public fountains. During the latter part of
the sixth century B.C., scenes of women at a fountain house
became very popular on black-figure vases. Here women
gather to chat and to fill their hydriai.