Water jar (hydria)

Archaic Period
about 540–530 B.C.
the Taleides Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 073.


Height: 35.5 cm (14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Main scene on body: A warrior with a shield and two spears stands behind his charioteer in four-horse chariot (quadriga). The charioteer wears a long, white tunic and fawnskin (nebris) and holds the reins and a long goad. Painted inscription in the field above the reins: “Kale Kaloura” (Kaloura is pretty).
Scene on shoulder: A nude young man, facing right, stands between two young men wearing long robes and two young men in short tunics on horseback.

Graffito on underside of base: [pi] [epsilon]


By 1968: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., April 10, 1968

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund