Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)
- late 3rd century B.C.
- Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan
- h. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm); d. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, 1890
- Accession Number:
inscribed on neck "AR"
This Hadra hydria is somewhat unusual: its shape is slightly more attenuated then most; its lower body is glazed to the foot; and it has a twisted back handle, a less common but not altogether rare variation, seen as well on 90.9.16 nearby. The inscription may be an abbreviation of "Architheoros," a title referring to the priest of a sacred embassy, and thus may allude to the vocation of the deceased whose remains were once contained within this vessel.