Water jar (hydria)

Archaic Period
about 540–530 B.C.
Elbows Out

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 072.


Height: 32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Main scene on body: Return of Hephaistos to Olympus. Bearded Hephaistos, carrying a double ax, gallops to the right on a mule with a riderless mule behind him. Behind the mules runs a maenad between two satyrs. Beneath the mules is a satyr on his knees, perhaps knocked over by the mules. Running toward the mules is Dionysos, wearing an ivy wreath and carrying a drinking horn. Behind him are a satyr and a maenad.
Scene on shoulder: ten male and female couples copulate. A single man is at the far left.


By 1891: J. Gréau Collection (Hotel Drouot sale, Paris, May 11-16, 1891, lot 61); by 1892: A. van Branteghem Collection (Hotel Drouot sale, Paris, May 30-31, June 1, 1892, lot 4, with provenance: found in Etruria); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund