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Hydria with a Quadriga
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Hydria with a Quadriga

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A hydria is a water jug with three handles, two horizontal ones to carry the vessel and a third vertical handle to easily pour out the contents. The main scene depicts a four-horse chariot, or quadriga, and its charioteer from a frontal view. Below the chariot is the word "kalos." The adjective encompasses meanings equivalent to English "good," "noble," and "handsome," and appear frequently on vases, often associated with a name. The term had an aristocratic connotation, which is visually represented here through the quadriga.
Date Description Narrative
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, no. 221; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions KLOS
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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second half 6th century BCE (Archaic)
terracotta; black figure
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H: 11 1/4 x W: 10 1/16 x Diam: 7 5/16 in. (28.5 x 25.5 x 18.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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