Hydria (Water Jar) (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

350-300 BC
copper alloy, gilding
Overall (W: at handles): 17 7/8 × 14 3/4 in. (45.4 × 37.47 cm)
Designed for everyday use, this vessel was hammered from a single piece of bronze to which a cast rim, handles, and foot were added; traces of gilding are still visible. Hydriai were common vessels in antiquity; this 4th century example is taller and slimmer than earlier versions. The inscription of punched dots on the rim indicates that this vessel was reused as a funerary urn.
Hellenistic Period
Inscribed on rim: "Charonidas, farewell" and the letters "DEI" Inscribed on rim:(“Charonidas, farewell;” the significance of ÄÅÉ cannot be determined)
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
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