Greek Hydria

The hydria was an important piece of pottery in ancient Greece. It began seeing usage in the Geometric period and continued into the Hellenistic period. The word itself simply means jug in ancient Greek. The hydria was usually used to contain and carry water, but it was also used for other purposes such as carrying human ashes or ballots during an election.

Over time, new and different forms of the hydria were created and used. Many of the newer designs were smaller than the originals and used alternative materials. Some of the older designs had three handles, one was used for pouring and two were used to carry the vase.

These vessels were primarily created for carrying water from the home, as well as from gathering places. The later jugs were painted with highly detailed scenes that have taught modern historians much about the society that existed in those times. Hydria are typically known for their depictions of people in red and black. Often, the decorations were depictions of scenes from Greek mythology. Funerary hydria were typically decorated with the name of the deceased, the date of their burial, and their origin.

It is believed that there were even bronze hydria that were given out as prizes at various competitions. This was discovered by studying the scenes painted on various models of vessels, as well as inscriptions on some bronze models that identified them as prizes.

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A historical recreation is a great way to show others some of the beauty of the ancient world. It can also function perfectly as a teaching aid, or be kept in the office as a reminder of greatness and achievement. Regardless of your intended usage, it is a thing of beauty that is at home wherever you display it.

The name Hydria is from the word hydor or 'water'. A hydria was used to fetch water. They usually have oval bodies, two horizontal handles, and one vertical handle.
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