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  • Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar) with figural medallion, 3rd century b.c.; Ptolemaic
    Greek
    H. 15 15/16 in. (40.5 cm)
    Purchase, 1890 (90.9.67)

    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 reused as a cinerary urn, with the shield serving to protect the remains of the deceased. Unlike the other Hadra hydria displayed here (90.9.5), this vase was probably of local manufacture.

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  • Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar) with figural medallion, 3rd century B.C.; Ptolemaic
    Greek
    H. 15 15/16 in. (40.5 cm)
    Purchase, 1890 (90.9.67)

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