Attic hydria
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Attic hydria

Cerveteri circa 500 BC
painted ceramic
cat. 16450

This vase, used due to its peculiar form for containing and transporting water, is painted in the black-figure style and is attributed to the Leagros Group. On its shoulder the gymnasium scene is shown, while on its body there are two horsemen in Thessalian costume with pétasos (wide-brimmed travelling hat) and two spears in their hands. The inscriptions indicate the names of the horses: Thrasos (Courage) and Areté (Virtue), and two names of youths, Olympiodoros and Leagros, each celebrated as kalos (beautiful).