Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Greek, Ptolemaic, Egyptian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

On the body of the vase is a representation of a shield decorated with the head of the gorgon Medusa. The white slip and polychrome painting were probably added when the hydria was re-used as a cinerary urn, with the shield serving to protect the remains of the deceased. Unlike the other Hadra hydria displayed here, this vase was probably of local manufacture.

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

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