Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

This is a "dropped floor" hydria, so-called because the floor of the vessel is extended down into its tall foot increasing the overall capacity. The ovoid body and sharply offset shoulder and neck are also characteristic of this shape. The silhouette style, which was commonly used on these hydriae, is shown off to good effect in the well preserved floral and geometric patterns that decorate this vase.

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

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