Hydria (Water Jar): Herakles As Musician
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1994.121
Title
Hydria (water jar): Herakles as Musician
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 510 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Find Spot: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Vulci (Etruria)
Period
Archaic period
Culture
Greek
Location
Level 3, Room 3400, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Black-figure
Dimensions
with handles: 41 x Diam. 32 cm (16 1/8 x 12 5/8 in.)
Provenance
Found at Vulci. Campanari Collection (1833). Durand Collection (1833-1836) sold; to Claude Camille Rollin, Paris, (1836). Purchase (1993) Jerome Eisenberg, Royal Athena Galleries, New York, [Nanterre Sale], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1994.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #44158
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Florence Gould Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg and William Collins Kohler, Purchase from the Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund, Anonymous Fund in memory of Henry Berg, Henry George Berg Bequest, Gift in Gratitude to John Coolidge, Gift of Leslie Cheek, Jr., Director's Discretionary Fund
Accession Year
1994
Object Number
1994.121
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Herakles plays the kithara before a helmeted Athena who wears an aegis and holds a spear in her left hand. On the right, Hermes holds the herald's staff (kerykeion) wears winged boots, chlamys and a pointed cap with a long brim at the front. On the left, a woman wearing a long shawl over her peplos. Her left hand is muffled in drapery and in her right, she holds a branch (of olive or ivy?). She may be Hebe, the wife of Herakles. Three pairs of combatant warriors on the shoulder.
Publication History

Biography of a Vase, Persephone (Hollis, NH, Fall 2006), Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 46-48; pp. 46-47, ill.

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 2000), p. 25-27

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted