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Hydria (water jar) decorated with a Siren
Late Classical Period, ca. 400–325 BCE
H: 44 cm
Gift of Tillie Goldman, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 83.30.19
The Sirens, mythological half-women, half-birds, lived on an island and lured passing ships toward its rocky coast with their singing. Images of Sirens were often placed on top of funerary monuments as symbolic guardians of the tomb. This expensive bronze hydria, decorated with a Siren, was presumably a cinerary urn.

3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir