The body is black-glazed and the neck is decorated with an applied necklace of hanging drop-shaped pendants in an ochre paint with the remains of gilding. There is a black-figure band of wave decoration on the out-turned rim. The vessel stands on a circular base, elegantly broadening to wide shoulders with two upturned handles on either side of the body and a third, large loop handle arching from the neck to the shoulder.
UK private collection, Mr. G.C., acquired in the 1990s
Hydriae with their distinctive foot and three handles to aid pouring, were water jars. This example is an elegant form produced in Magna Graecia, the Greek colonies of South Italy. In the 4th century BC, following the Peloponnesian War, Athenian exports of vases and other crafts declined and the output and quality of the Greek potters working in Apulia increased to feed the demand. For further discussion see M.E. Mayo, ed. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1982.