Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. 510 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; black-figure

Dimensions: H. 13 15/16 in. (35.4 cm)
diameter of mouth 6 in. (15.2 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.171.31


This vase was made at a time when the red-figure technique was becoming established and the relation between glazed and unglazed areas was a matter of considerable experimentation. The concept of a panel goes back to the early sixth century B.C., but the easy curves of the shape and the band between the handles indicate a different age.