Bronze handle of a hydria (water jar)

Period: Archaic

Date: early 6th century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/2 x 9 13/16in. (26.7 x 25cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Accession Number: 06.1093


Two sphinxes perch on the horizontal flange that was originally attached to the mouth of the vessel. A woman's head emerges at the base of the handle, flanked by two reclining banqueters. In the past the piece was severely cleaned of all archaeological corrosion products. It has recently been cosmetically toned with removable pigments.