They included a red-figured hydria
with Triptolemos flying around the shoulder, now in the Metropolitan, and a Corinthian head-pyxis attributed to the Stobart Painter, which remains at Hearst Castle.
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.
The Eyre Hydria
, Etruscan, made in Cerveteri or Vulci, about 550 BC.
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).