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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. 14 5/16 in. (36.4 cm); d. 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.35
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This hydria was made by a skilled craftsman: it has a thin, delicate rim, which is concave underneath; a back handle fashioned with three crisp ridges; and an elaborately turned foot, articulated with three grooves and four glazed lines. The high level of potting in conjunction with the painted decoration, which combined incision with prodigious use of added white, must have made this an object of great elegance in antiquity.
Cook, Brian. 1966. Inscribed Hadra Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Papers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 12. no. 18, p. 29, pls. V, XIV, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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