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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. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); d. 9 13/16 in. (25 cm.)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
inscribed on shoulder "of Apollonios"

The inscription on this hydria indicates that this vessel once contained the ashes of a Greek named Apollonios. It is likely he died while in Alexandria, where the vast majority of these hydrias have been discovered. The clay-colored ground of this urn, however, points to the island of Crete as the place of its manufacture.
Cook, Brian. 1966. Inscribed Hadra Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Papers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 12. no. 25, pp. 13, 31, pls. VI, XVI, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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