Detail View: The AMICA Library: Water Jar

AMICA ID: 
AIC_.1889.15
AMICA Library Year: 
1999
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Name: 
Unknown
Creator Nationality: 
European; Southern European; Mediterranean
Creator Dates/Places: 
Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Name-CRT: 
Greek (Attic)
Creator Name: 
Leagros Group
Creator Nationality: 
European; Southern European; Mediterranean
Creator Dates/Places: 
Greek; fl. c.520-500 B.C. Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Name-CRT: 
Leagros Group Painter
Title: 
Hydria (Water Jar)
Title Type: 
preferred
Title: 
Water Jar
Title Type: 
alternate
View: 
'front view, slightly angled from above'
Creation Date: 
Archaic Period, 520/500 B.C.
Creation Start Date: 
-520
Creation End Date: 
-500
Materials and Techniques: 
Earthenware, black-figure technique
Classification Term: 
Vessel
Subject Description: 
This three-handled, flat-shouldered hydria is decorated on the shoulder with three seated and three striding figures, among whom appear Athena and Hermes. On the main panel Herakles wrestles with the sea monster Triton, flanked by two bystanders. The intricate composition has the Greek hero astride the monster, his arms locked around Triton's neck in an implacable grip, whileTriton flails his arms, black fingers stretched against the red background. They face different directions-Herakles to the viewers' right and up, victorious, and Triton to the left and down, vanquished. Precise incision renders the outline and details of the lion skin that Herakles weas, as well as the contour and detail of Triton's scales and fins.
Creation Place: 
Europe,Greece,Greater Athens,Athens
Dimensions: 
H.: 50.1 cm (19-3/4 in.)Diameter at foot: 15.9 cm 6-1/4 in.)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: 
Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 
1889.15
Credit Line: 
The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Philip D. Armour and C. L. Hutchinson
Inscriptions: 
KALOS (S) {Pi}(U)?IS
Rights: 
Related Image Identifier Link: 
AIC_.E28835.TIF