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.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, no. 221; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License