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Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Ptolemaic, Egyptian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 15 15/16 in. (40.5 cm) diameter 10 15/16 in. (27.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.67
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
On the body of the vase is a representation of a shield decorated with the head of the gorgon Medusa. The white slip and polychrome painting were probably added when the hydria was re-used as a cinerary urn, with the shield serving to protect the remains of the deceased. Unlike the other Hadra hydria displayed here, this vase was probably of local manufacture.
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