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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1959.218
People
Related to The Bucci Painter, Greek
Title
Hydria (water jar): Priam Driving Forth
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 525-500 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Period
Archaic period
Culture
Greek
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/288389
Location
Level 3, Room 3620, University Study Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Black-figure
Provenance
Spencer Churchill Collection.
Robinson Collection.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #301641
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of David M. Robinson
Accession Year
1959
Object Number
1959.218
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The main scene on this hydria illustrates King Priam charging forth in a chariot to ransom for the body of Hector. King Priam is seated in the chariot and on his right is his charioteer. The chariot is being pulled by three horses but the third horse is barely visible, the only indications of its existence are its legs and incised lines by the face of the rightmost horse that depict a partial profile of its face. Directly in front of Priam is a warrior with a shield with a decoration in very faded added white and incised lines that appears to be a bird of prey, possibly a falcon. Behind the warrior are more men who are likely the king’s attendants. Behind the chariot is another attendant. All of the men in the scene are facing King Priam, likely to emphasize his power and status. On the shoulder of the hydria we see another scene where a man is fighting the Nemean Lion with a weapon painted in faded added red. This man is depicted directly above King Priam so this scene could function as a parallel to the main scene.
Publication History

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC), Artemis (Zürich, Switzerland, 1999), Vol. 7, Priamos 67.

Exhibition History

The David Moore Robinson Bequest of Classical Art and Antiquities: A Special Exhibition, Fogg Art Museum, 05/01/1961 - 09/20/1961

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2021 - 01/02/2022

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