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atelier

artist's workshop

Cretan

an adjective referring to the island of Crete and its culture

Doric frieze

a frieze that is broken up into alternating three-barred triglyphs and metopes

frieze

a band of images or ornaments usually on a wall

hydria

a large round water jug with three handles; two handles on the sides for lifting and a third at the back for pouring

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A hydria is a three-handled water jug with two handles on the sides for lifting and a third at the back for pouring.

The painted hydria of Hadara is made of ceramic. It is a product of the Laurel atelier, or workshop. The neck is decorated with laurel leaves, and on the shoulder a palm is framed with volutes, which are spiral or scroll-shaped forms.

A metope, a plain, smooth section like those on a Doric frieze, the area above the column, is on the belly of the urn. The metope is topped with three lines and bears the design of two ruffled cocks facing each other with a rose between them.

The restored foot of the vessel is black. The two handles of the urn are most likely of Cretan production.

Dimensions:  Height 38 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Greco-Roman

Technique:

Formed on Potter's wheel
  Drawn
  Formed on The Potter's Wheel
  Fired

Style:

Early Hellenistic

Materials:

Pottery
Type Type

Type:

Hydria
Map Map

Location: 

The Greco-Roman Museum

Created: 

Governorate of Alexandria
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

215 BC - 214 BC

Acquired: 

1934 AD
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Topics:

Arts and Crafts
Crafts
Pottery
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The Greco-Roman Museum
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