Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Hydria (water jar) handle
Laconia, Greece
Archaic Period, ca. 560 BCE
Bronze
H: 21.6; W: 14 cm
Bequest of Norbert Schimmel, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 91.71.315
 
 
Elaborate handles such as these typically decorated ritual water vessels. The polos headdress and amulet indicate that the female figure is a goddess, most likely Artemis as Potnia Theron (Mistress of Beasts), since she is accompanied by horses and lions.

Publications:
Muscarella, Oscar White, ed., Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, Philipp von Zabern, Mainz, Germany, 1974

Exhibition:
Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1977
Gods and Mortals: Selected Objects from the Norbert Schimmel Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 17/05/1992 - 31/10/1992

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir