Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar)

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 226–225 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H.: 16 5/8 x 10 1/2 in. (42.2 x 26.7 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Purchase, 1890

Accession Number: 90.9.5


The inscription on the front gives the name of the deceased whose cremated bones were placed inside it. He was Hieronides of Phocaea, who died while leading an embassy to the royal court of Ptolemy III Euergetes (246-221 B.C.).