Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

This hydria was made by a skilled craftsman: it has a thin, delicate rim, which is concave underneath; a back handle fashioned with three crisp ridges; and an elaborately turned foot, articulated with three grooves and four glazed lines. The high level of potting in conjunction with the painted decoration, which combined incision with prodigious use of added white, must have made this an object of great elegance in antiquity.

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

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