Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

inscribed on neck "AR"

This Hadra hydria is somewhat unusual: its shape is slightly more attenuated then most; its lower body is glazed to the foot; and it has a twisted back handle, a less common but not altogether rare variation, seen as well on 90.9.16 nearby. The inscription may be an abbreviation of "Architheoros," a title referring to the priest of a sacred embassy, and thus may allude to the vocation of the deceased whose remains were once contained within this vessel.

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

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