Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

inscribed on shoulder "of Apollonios"

The inscription on this hydria indicates that this vessel once contained the ashes of a Greek named Apollonios. It is likely he died while in Alexandria, where the vast majority of these hydrias have been discovered. The clay-colored ground of this urn, however, points to the island of Crete as the place of its manufacture.

Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar), Terracotta, Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan

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