Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)
- late 3rd century B.C.
- Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan
- h. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); d. 9 13/16 in. (25 cm.)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, 1890
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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.