Attic Black-Figure Hydria (Water Jar) with Mythological SceneArchaic
ca. 540 BCE - 520 BCE
13 x 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (33 x 22.3 x 29.2 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.87
Other Number(s): R 2446 (Lewes House Register)
3 (Joseph Clark Hoppin's "Warren" Purchase List Number)
Geography: Europe, Greece, Attica
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Hydriae
Findspot: "Findspot" -AVI notes as being from Cerveteri, Hoppin's lists however list this hydria as Lewes House Register Number R.2446, purchased by Edward Perry Warren from the Forman Collection sale in 1900 and with "no provenience."
This object has the following keywords:
Aphrodite, Apollo, Archaic*, armor*, Artemis, Attic*, Black-figure*, Dionysos, Gods and Goddesses*, Hermes, hydriae*, inscriptions*, marriage*, processions*, vase paintings*, Warriors
- Archaic - Refers to the pottery style found in Persia around 6000 BCE. The style is characterized by fine, plain buff pottery tempered with straw that is sometimes decorated with simple red or orange painted designs.
- Refers generally to that category of costume designed to be worn or carried to protect the body in combat. Armor pieces which are always physical parts of or are affixed to other pieces and cannot function alone are collocated under the guide term "
." For specifically groups of armor pieces designed as a whole to possess particular physical characteristics in order to suit a particular purpose or occasion, see "armors."
- Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
- Black-figure - Refers to a style of Greek vase painting that developed from the Geometric and Orientalizing styles. It appeared in Corinth around 720 BCE, flourished in Attica by 600 BCE, and was found in Sparta, eastern Greece, and elsewhere, until the Red-figure style gradually replaced it in the late sixth century BCE. The style is characterized by a particular technique, which is characterized by the use of a refined slip, a two-stage firing process, and sintering to create black figures in silhouette on a red ground. Details were incised into the black figures or applied in purple or white pigment.
- Gods and Goddesses - Added June 2010 by M. Weldon
- hydriae - Ancient Greek or Roman vessels for water with three handles: two horizontal side handles for lifting and one vertical back handle for holding and pouring. Many hydriae were also made in bronze in addition to terracotta and, unlike the metal versions of other shapes, a good number survive.
- inscriptions - Words, texts, lettering, or symbols marked on a work, including texts, legends, documentation notes, or commemoration. For standardized symbols or notations on objects that convey official information, use "marks (symbols)."
- marriage - Legal and social unions of a man and woman as husband and wife, or of the union of a gay couple. For the act or ceremony of instituting a marriage, use "weddings (ceremonies)."
- processions - Occasions consisting of a group of people moving in orderly succession in a formal ceremonial context. For large public processions of a festive nature, often including floats and marching bands and held in honor of an anniversary, person, or event, use "parades."
- vase paintings - Refers to two-dimensional decoration applied to pottery by using paint made of metallic oxides or other pigments held in suspension in slip or another medium. The term is particularly used to refer to Ancient Greek red- and black-figure works. See also "porcelain paintings (visual works)."
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Ancient Life on Greek Pottery Bryn Mawr College , Mar 30, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015
- Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College , Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011
- Ancient and Primitive Art in Philadelphia Collections University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology , May 5, 1959 – Sep 5, 1959
Owner Name: Joseph Clark Hoppin
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
Acquisition Method: Purchased from Edward Perry Warren
Disposal Method: Donated to Bryn Mawr College
Ownership Start Date: 1901
Ownership End Date: 1901
Owner Name: Edward Perry Warren
Role: Buyer, Collector, Seller
Place: Lewes House, England
Acquisition Method: Purchased at auction from Forman Collection
Disposal Method: Sold to Joseph Hoppin Clark
Ownership Start Date: 1900
Ownership End Date: 1901
Owner Name: Forman Collection
Place: London, England
Acquisition Method: unknown
Disposal Method: Sold to Edward Perry Warren
Ownership Start Date: unknown
Ownership End Date: July 1900
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
and Emily Croll.
Worlds to Discover.
Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
Page Number: 9
- Rudolf Wachter, "Attic Vase Inscriptions." (Accessed April 1, 2020): https://avi.unibas.ch/. 2969.
Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge,
The Forman Collection: Catalog of the Egyptian, Greek & Roman Antiquities and Objects of Art of the Renaissance, etc. (Second and Final Portion)
Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge.
https://archive.org/details/formancollection00soth/mode/2up, July, 1900
Page Number: 7, Figure Number: 107
- Mary Hamilton Swindler, "The Bryn Mawr Collection of Greek Vases," American Journal of Archaeology 20, no. 3 (1916): 310, Figure Number: 12.
- The Classical Art Research Centre, "The Beazley Archive Online." Classical Art Research Centre. (Accessed April 1, 2020): University of Oxford, http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/index.htm. 15032, Bryn Mawr (Pa), Bryn Mawr College, P87.
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
- E. Anne Mackay, Tradition and Originality (Oxford, United Kingdom: Archaeopress, 2010), 390. Figure Number: 3, Plates 19-22
- Despoina Tsiafakis, Not the Classical Ideal (Boston, MA: Brill, 2000), 371. Figure Number: 14.3
- John Boardman, Athenian Red Figure Vases (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1989), Figure Number: 12.
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