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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.]
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(Ceramics) (in ancient Greece and Rome) a large water jar
[C19: from Latin, from Greek hudria, from hudōr water]
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The buffet tables were decorated with enormous bouquets of white and pink hydrias, roses and tulips.
(20) In her The Trojan War in Ancient World, Susan Woodford has illustrated how Troilus has been represented on ancient Greek hydrias and vases with a selection of pictures (55-59).
Whereas Myson is not known for small pots, or even other large pots (small numbers of only eight other shapes have been attributed to his hand), both the Berlin Painter and the Pan Painter painted a wide range of small- to medium-sized pots, notably neck amphoras (32% and 9% of their oeuvres, respectively), lekythoi (14% and 18%), hydrias (8% and 6%), stamnoi (6% and 2%), and oinochoai (2% and 2%).
The material is not easily datable because the bulk of it consists of large closed shapes, such as hydrias FS 128, amphoras FS 69, and storage stirrup jars FS 164.
Serving vessels include kraters, jugs/amphoras/ hydrias, rhyta, larger basins, and dippers.
Attributed by Benson to the Kommos Painter, within the workshop of the Corneto Painter; he notes the rather linear palmettes, which are drawn in a manner not unlike the patterns on Cretan 7th-century hydrias. Cursory incision and drawing, pace Shaw 1981, pp.
The convex profile of the cutting suggests that it might have held a bronze vessel with a convex foot, and the dimensions (0.15 m in diameter) are consistent with those of extant bronze hydrias. (84) Though the name of the dedicator, Xenokles, matches that of a potter of black-figure Little Master cups dated to ca.
in Athens, potters and painters produced a large number of hydrias, vases for collecting and carrying water, the majority decorated in the black-figure technique.
(48) The groups included vessels that we would expect were used for feasting: tripod and cylindrical kettles, lekanes (convex conical, spouted bowls), lamps, basins, bowls, cups, pitchers, pans, hydrias (water jars), and amphoras (two-handled storage jars for liquids).
Among closed vessels (criterion 3), large and medium-sized jugs and hydrias are the most common shapes represented in painted and unpainted assemblages in EU 9.