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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 7/16 in (44.3 cm); d. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.41
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The body carries very faint traces of an inscription. The "L" shaped stroke indicates that the regnal year, and therefore the date of this hydria, were at one time possible to determine before the part of the inscription which included the actual year faded. Still visible however is the word "Gortinos," which tells us that the deceased came from ancient Gortyns on the island of Crete.
Cook, Brian. 1966. Inscribed Hadra Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Papers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 12. no. 11, pp. 9, 25-26, n. 9, pls. III, XI, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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