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

Archaic Period
about 520–510 B.C.
the Antiope Group

Place of Manufacture, Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 082; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 064.


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.




1963, sold by Robert E. Hecht, Jr., New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 8, 1963) NOTE: According to Hecht, he purchased the hydria in Zürich in 1959 from Dr. Hadzi Imam Bailde of Makri (modern-day Fethiye), Turkey, who had owned it for at least twenty-five years.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund