GREEK BRONZE HYDRIA; The beautifully made ovoid body rests on a separately attached molded foot with a tongue pattern/lozenge decoration and has curved shoulders and a short, concave cylindrical neck. The large mouth has a egg and dart motif. The horizontal handles are bent up and then arched, while the vertical handle has a simple arc. The attachment disks of all three handles are plain round disks. Green patina and nice surface with small area of ancient repair at the foot and minor areas of fill at bottom.
Cf. another hydria with plain attachment disks and foot in the City Art Museum, St. Louis, inv. No. 169:24, published in David Gordon Mitten & Suzannah F. Doeringer, Master Bronzes From the Classical World (Mainz 1967), cat. No 109, pp 110-111 smaller vessel published in Lila I. Marangou, Ancient Greek Art: The N.P. Goulandris Collection (Athens, 1985), cat. No. 260, pp. 163-164.
Late 5th-early 4th century BC
15 ¾” High
Provenance: Ex. Private German Collection of Mr. Merk in Munich before 1980.