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Accession_Number 37.11.8
adlib_title Alexandrian hadra ware hydria
Shape Hydria
Shape_description The vessel has a rope handle at its back with a rotella (connects to the rim with a bit that looks like an anklebone). The other two handles are inclined upwards and of cylindrical shape. They are attached to the upper part of the body in two spots and they are riddled. The foot is quite tall and conical (widening towards the base).
Material Terracotta
Fabric Alexandrian
Fabric_description
Munsell_color 10R 7/2
Decoration The decoration is executed in a colour varying from dull black to brown, on pale buff ground. Rim: Concentric circles on the upper surface and spots (tongues) on the side one (stephane). At the joining point of rim and neck there is a band and at the upper part of the neck a horizontal row of spots. Central handle: Decorated with short, thick, leaning lines. Neck: An olive wreath, the ends of which meet at the front where there is a cluster of olives (?) (dots). Shoulder: There is another horizontal row of dots immediately below neck that seem to be hanging from a line. At the join of shoulder and body, there is a broad band in the middle of two thin, concentric lines. Body: In the front, between the two handles, an olive-tree branch, framed by (left and right) a vertical motif of a row of dots, a line, two rows of larger, ovaloid dots and another line. This motif can also be found at the other side of the handles, used to frame a linear pattern (from a short line appear to be emerging three longer ones. On either side a vertical line, which leans slightly towards the motif in the middle. From the centre of this line emerges a long, wavy line. Below: there are two, concentric bands and three more that are not very obvious(?). The handles are ornamented with large dots. The foot is black, but the colour looks uneven. Interior of neck: Two concentric circles.
Inscriptions
Condition Only few bits pitted off at the body and two bits chipped off from the base. Many sediments and salts.
Technique/Style Hadra ware
Provenance
Period High Hellenistic
Date 250
Dating_details
Artist Group III: The Two-hire Group
Attribution B.F. Cook, Studi Adriani 798
Image
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Front view of a Hadra ware hydria with plant images around part of the circumference at the height of the handles.
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Back view of a Hadra ware hydria with central top rope handle and two further handles either side.
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Front view of a Hadra ware hydria with plant images around part of the circumference at the height of the handles.
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Hydria, side view.
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Hydria, angled view, showing inside of rim and all three handles.
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Hydria, detail of neck and rim.
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Hydria, view from above.
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Hydria, side view, showing one horizontal handle and vertical handle to right.
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Hydria, view of back, showing both horizontal handles (uneven) and vertical handle.
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Hydria, side view, showing one horizontal handle and vertical handle (to left).
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Hydria, detail of neck and vertical handle.
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Hydria, view of bottom.
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Comparanda
Bibliography CVA Reading 1, pl. 40.8; B.F. Cook, Studi Adriani 798
Archive_Ref
Beazley_DB
Height 38.0
Diameters Rim 13.5; base 10.6
Handle_height Vertical: 12.7
Other_dims.
Location Timeline 3a bottom
Edited_by Georgia; Karen; Kinsey
Date_edited 04.06.2003; 21.04.2004; 17.01.2006
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