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Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H.: 17 3/4 x 10 3/16 in. (45.1 x 25.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The Greeks who settled in Egypt after its conquest by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. gradually adapted to the Egyptian customs of inhumation and mummification. But during the 3rd century B.C. cremation remained popular, which explains the survival of so many terracotta hydriai such as this since they were used as cinerary urns.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 169, fig. 107, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 205-6, fig. 142, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 205-6, fig. 142, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 75, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Pegasos (Pegasos, Bellerophon), no. 57b, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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