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Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
213 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
17 1/8 x 11 5/8 in. (43.5 x 29.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.29
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The inscription on this vase states that it contained the cremated bones of a certain Timasitheos of Rhodes, a dignitary who died on an offical visit to Alexandria. The date of his death is precisely recorded as 19 May 213 B.C., using both the Macedonian and the Egyptian calendars.
Inscription: Painted in Greek: "Year 9, Hyperberetaios 30, Pharmouthi 7; Timasitheos, son of Dionysios of Rhodes, an Ambassador; by Theodotos, agorastes."
Cook, Brian. 1966. Inscribed Hadra Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Papers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 12. no. 9, pp. 24-25, pls. III, XI, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Enklaar, Arnold. 1985. "Chronologie et peintres des hydries de Hadra." Bulletin Antieke Beschaving, 60: p. 133.

Cook, Brian. 1998[1987]. Greek Inscriptions. p. 48, fig. 40, London: Trustees of the British Museum.

Walker, Susan and Peter Higgs. 2001. Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth. no. 145, p. 120, London: British Museum.

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