Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

The body carries very faint traces of an inscription. The "L" shaped stroke indicates that the regnal year, and therefore the date of this hydria, were at one time possible to determine before the part of the inscription which included the actual year faded. Still visible however is the word "Gortinos," which tells us that the deceased came from ancient Gortyns on the island of Crete.

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

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