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Gallery Text

An elderly, bearded man in a white garment bids farewell to a helmeted warrior with white shield, probably his son. They communicate across the two-horse chariot — complete with charioteer — that will take the warrior to battle in a fashion more fitting for a hero of the Iliad than a sixth-century BCE Athenian. Without name inscriptions, it remains unclear whether this is a specific mythological scene or a generic one. Regardless, the image casts the common experience of a warrior’s departure in an exemplary, heroic light. Vessels with this subject matter were suitable tomb offerings and exported to other parts of the Mediterranean.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
1969.14
Title
Hydria (water jar): Warrior's Farewell
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Black-figure Hydria: Hero's departure
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 550-540 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Period
Archaic period
Culture
Greek
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/287356
Location
Level 3, Room 3410, South Arcade
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Black-figure
Dimensions
H. 42 x W. with handles 39 x Dia. 31 cm (16 9/16 x 15 3/8 x 12 3/16 in.)
Provenance
Private collection.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #9555
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of a supporter of Sardis in recognition of Professor George M.A.Hanfmann and his eleven seasons as field director of the Harvard-Cornell Archaeological Exploration of Sardis
Accession Year
1969
Object Number
1969.14
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Antiquities, auct. cat., Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. (January 24, 1964), no. 216a

"Accessions of American and Canadian Museums", The Art Quarterly (1969), vol. XXXII, p. 324

David Gordon Mitten and Suzannah F. Doeringer, "Two New Greek Black-Figure Vases", Fogg Art Museum Newsletter, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, April 1969), vol. VI, no. 4, p. 107

[Unidentified article], Art Journal (1969), vol. 29, p. 53, fig. 1

John G. Pedley, "A Black-Figure Hydria in the Fogg Art Museum", Studies Presented to George M.A. Hanfmann, ed. David Gordon Mitten, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1971), pp. 121-126, pls. 32-33

David Gordon Mitten and Amy Brauer, Dialogue with Antiquity, The Curatorial Achievement of George M. A. Hanfmann, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1982), p. 11, no. 11.

Exhibition History

Dialogue with Antiquity: The Curatorial Achievement of George M.A. Hanfmann, Fogg Art Museum, 05/07/1982 - 06/26/1982

HAA132e The Ideal of the Everyday in Greek Art (S427) Spring 2012, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 05/12/2012

32Q: 3410 South Arcade, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

Subjects and Contexts

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