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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 13/16 in. (45.3 cm); d. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This is a "dropped floor" hydria, so-called because the floor of the vessel is extended down into its tall foot increasing the overall capacity. The ovoid body and sharply offset shoulder and neck are also characteristic of this shape. The silhouette style, which was commonly used on these hydriae, is shown off to good effect in the well preserved floral and geometric patterns that decorate this vase.
Cook, Brian. 1966. Inscribed Hadra Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Papers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 12. no. 12, p. 26, pls. III, XII, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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