Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Eagle Painter

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. 520–510 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Caeretan

Medium: Terracotta; black-figure

Dimensions: H. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)
diameter of body 12 15/16 in. (32.8 cm)
diameter of lip 7 3/8 in. (18.8 cm)
diameter of foot 7 1/16 in. (18 cm)
width with handles 14 15/16 in. (38 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1964

Accession Number: 64.11.1


This jar belongs to a small group of distinctive hydriae found in Etruria that are believed to have been produced by East Greek craftsmen who had emigrated to Caere, an Etruscan city on the Italian coast, north of Rome. Here, two felines attacking a bull are surrounded by beautifully drawn ivy wreaths.