Water jar (hydria)

Archaic Period
about 530–520 B.C.
The Karithaios Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 078.


Height: 44 cm (17 5/16 in.); diameter: 29.4 cm (11 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Main scene on body: Eight horses are being watered at a central trough, four horses on each side. On each side, the horses are tended by a groom. The groom on the right holds a brush. Painted Greek inscription in the field above the left team, “handsome” (KALOS); similarly above the right team, “handsome” (KALO[S]).
Scene below main panel: deer between lions.
Scene on shoulder: Three men on horseback with spears proceed to right.


kalos kalos


By date unknown: Rogers Collection; by 1856: Christie and Manson sale, April 28 ff., 1856, lot 363; by date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited by his sister-in-law Mrs. Burt and then by his nephew Major A. H. Browne about 1889; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (sale of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, lot 285); 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund