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Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 220 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H.: 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm) Diam.: 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Many of the hydriai of this type were produced in Crete and exported to other parts of the Mediterranean and Black Sea. They have been found in large numbers at Hadra, one of the ancient cemeteries of Alexandria in Egypt. This vase was probably also found there since it bears traces of an inscription that was added when it was used as a cinerary urn.
Cook, Brian. 1966. Inscribed Hadra Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Papers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 12. no. 13, p. 26, pls. IV, XII, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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