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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. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm); d. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.32
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
Cook, Brian. 1966. Inscribed Hadra Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Papers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 12. no. 16, pp. 27-28, pls. IV, XIII, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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