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Hydria (water jar) handle

<i>Hydria</i> (water jar) handle

Hydria (water jar) handle

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

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

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.

From the Israel Museum publications:

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

Exhibitions:

Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 08/05/1977 - 12/12/1977

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