The Museum has the largest collection of Greek bronze hydriai in the world outside of Athens. This example illustrates the development of the shape in the third century B.C. when there was a tendency towards slimmer, more elongated proportions. Like the Hadra hydriai displayed nearby, this vase was probably used as a container for cremated remains.
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