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n. pl. hy·dri·ae (-drē-ē′) or hy·dri·as
A large three-handled water jar used by the ancient Greeks, with two handles used for lifting and the third for pouring.

[Greek hudriā, from hudōr, water; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]


(Ceramics) (in ancient Greece and Rome) a large water jar
[C19: from Latin, from Greek hudria, from hudōr water]
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Here a hydria on four wheels (like the Cote-St-Andre situla on wheels) was pushed backwards and forwards, accompanied by two live ravens who took part in the ceremony, and Pare compares the representations of water-birds in Urnfield art as something similar.
I hope it is now agreed that on the basis of the 'trademark' graffiti pottery was in itself cheap, and very much cheaper than silver and gold, though the fact that a three-drachma red-figure hydria was only half the monetary value of a small silver one is perhaps surprising.
Two others in this same group are the krater, a wide-mouthed bowl with two vertical handles, and the hydria, a wide-mouthed jar with two horizontal handles and one vertical handle.
Thanks to the generosity of a private collector, who bought the piece in cooperation with the museum and its curators, the hydria is now on loan to the museum, and is displayed with its black-figure collection next to a Panathenaic amphora that is also attributed to the Euphiletos painter.
Other pottery included cooking vessels, a hydria, a fine table amphora, eight oil lamps, several black-glazed kantharoi (two-handled cups) and a nested group of four one-handled cups.
Alongside is a Greek bronze hydria of the 5th century BC, its handle terminating with a crouching, roaring lion, and a pair of Eskimo walrus-tusk snow goggles from the Punuk culture that existed around 600-1100; 19th-century scientists found them to be far more effective than tinted glasses in the blinding Arctic light.
Other lots include an important Apulian redfigure hydria vase from approximately 410-400 BC.
19) It is found in both black- and red-figure vases, such as the Attic red-figure hydria in the British Museum from the 5th century (E169).