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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Group with Horizontal Ivy Leaves
Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 275–250 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Ptolemaic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-glaze
Dimensions:
H.: 16 1/8 in. (41 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
Applied decoration: on the shoulder, left, Herakles; right, Eros with cornucopia; below the handles, heads

This elaborate vessel with appliqué reliefs, twisted handles, and vertical ribbing emulates more expensive metal versions of the same shape. Found in the Hadra cemetery of Alexandria, Egypt, it was, like most of the Hadra hydriai (water jars used as cinerary urns), probably the product of a workshop in western Crete and imported to Egypt.
From the Hadra cemetery of Alexandria, Egypt

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 130, 270, pl. 110h, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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