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    Sale 12239

    Antiquities

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 20

    A HADRA WARE POTTERY HYDRIA

    CRETE, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A HADRA WARE POTTERY HYDRIA
    CRETE, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.
    The central panel with three running male figures, hatched panels either side, laurel wreath around the neck, rays around the shoulder, dotted diamond pattern and foliate scrolls under the pouring handle
    16 ½ in. (42 cm.) high


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    PUBLISHED:
    W. Hornbostel, Kunst der Antike - Schätze aus norddeutschem Privatbesitz, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Mainz, 1977, cat. no. 164.

    Hadra ware hydriae were made in central Crete, with many being exported to Egypt, where they were used as cinerary urns. A significant number of these vessels have been found in the cemeteries of Hellenistic Alexandria.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Hamburg, acquired prior to 1977; and thence by descent to the present owner.


    Exhibited

    Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Kunst der Antike: Schätze aus norddeutschem Privatbesitz, 21 January-6 March 1977.