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Greek Black Glazed Pottery Hydria

Circa late 4th-early 3rd century BC



"Bounteous beyond expression is the earth, if we only consider in detail her various gifts … her productions in the shape of pottery alone, would more than suffice, in their variety, to satisfy our wants." Pliny the Elder (AD 23/24-79), Natural History XXXV.46 An elegant vessel from Magna Graecia, modern-day Southern Italy. With a voluminous acorn-shaped, reeded body, covered with a black glaze, the neck decorated with a delicate olive sprig in red. Hydriai were ingenuously shaped with three handles: one on each side, for carrying, and one at the back, for pouring. As their name suggests, they were used for storing and carrying water from springs and fountain houses. Provenance: Private collection, Sussex, UK, acquired before 1956.


  • Creation Year
    Circa late 4th-early 3rd century BC
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.97 in. (38 cm)Diameter: 11.03 in. (28 cm)
  • Medium
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU135725935452

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