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: Greece, Attica, Athens

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