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Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 213 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
h. 17 5/8 in (44.8 cm); d. 9 7/8 in (25.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1890
Accession Number:
90.9.18
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
inscribed "Theudotos"

The relatively firm date of this hydria is provided by its close stylistic relationship to hydria 90.9.29 (on view in case 9 of the Roman Court), which has a securely dated inscription. The vessels are thought to be by the same artist since both feature the decorative combination of cross-hatched diagonal bands with a four-petaled rosette and dotted rosettes framed by sideways palmette fronds.
Cook, Brian. 1966. Inscribed Hadra Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Papers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 12. no. 27, p. 32, pls. VII, XVI, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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