Hydria with Eos & Tithonus Scene

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 22 November 2015

A hydria is a vessel used for carrying water and is one of the types of Greek pottery. It has 3 handles; 2 horizontal for carrying the vessel and one perpendicular for pouring the water.

This vessel was painted by Polygnotus. The scene shows Eos (goddess of the dawn) pursuing Tithonus; she requests immortality for her human love but unwisely she forgot to stipulate eternal youth. Greek Attic, Greece, circa 440 BCE. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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