Handle of a hydria (water jar)
about 450 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 419; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).
Height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The base takes the form of a Siren with spread wings, feet together on a palmette from which volutes rise to left and right. The handle is fluted, and there is an ovolo pattern at the join to the vase itself. Green crusty patina.
By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens - said to be from Elis and "that is the look of an Elis thing."); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund