Water jar (hydria)

the Antiope Groupabout 520 B.C. - 510 B.C.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA, United States

The main scene represents a gruesome episode from Book 24 of the Iliad. The body of the Trojan prince Hektor is being dragged around the tomb of Patroklos. From the gates of Troy, at left, Hektor's royal parents, Priam and Hekuba, look on in horror, as the vengeful Achilles mounts his chariot. At right, emerging from the tomb bearing his name, the winged spirit of Patroklos hurries forward to see the desecration of his killer's corpse. The winged goddess in the foreground may be Iris, the messenger of the gods.


  • Title: Water jar (hydria)
  • Date Created: about 520 B.C. - 510 B.C.
  • Physical Dimensions: w261 x h500 mm
  • Type: Vessels
  • Rights: William Francis Warden Fund. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/water-jar-hydria-153447
  • Medium: Ceramic, Black Figure
  • Period, era, dynasty, reign: Archaic Period
  • City, state, country: Athens, Attica, Greece
  • By: the Antiope Group

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