Water jar (hydria) with the chariot of Achilles dragging the corpse of Hektor

about 520–510 B.C.

the Antiope Group


Height (to mouth): 50 cm (19 11/16 in.); diameter (of mouth): 26.1 cm (10 1/4 in.) Height (to handle - tallest point): 56.5 cm (22 1/4 in.) Width (including handles): 38.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World



A hydria with the dramatic scene of Achilles dragging the body of Hector behind his chariot; to the left Priam and Hecuba, parents of Hector, mourn him in the Trojan palace as Achilles with round shield stares at them; to the right, the tomb of Patroklos with his soul charging out from it; snake in front. Winged figure of Iris sent to plead for a ransom of Hector's body. Greek inscriptions of the name 'Hector' (HECTOR) above the body of Hector, and 'Patroklos' (PATROKLOS) on the tomb.

On the shoulder: Two quadrigae, one driven by Athena. Herakles pursues Kyknos while Ares rushes from left.




By 1959: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (according to his certificate of ownership he had acquired the vase in 1959 in Zurich, Switzerland, from Dr. Hadzi Imam Bailde of Makri, Turkey, who had owned the vase for at least twenty-five years); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., May 8, 1963

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund