London, South Kensington
20 October 1999
A 'HADRA' WARE HYDRIA
3RD CENTURY B.C.
The neck decorated with brownish-black laurel wreath, the body with panel of scrolling ivy-leaf tendrils and berries, with knopped disc lid inside neck, rear handle partially missing, rim chip; and a black-glazed 'Hadra' hydria with applied red decoration, a laurel wreath around the neck, the body with Scylla between two sea serpents, palmettes and scrolling tendrils at the reverse, with encircling egg-and-dart band, repair and chip at rim, 3rd Century B.C.
17 in. (45 cm.) and 15 in. (38.7 cm.) high respectively (2)
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Cf. M. Rausch (ed.), La Gloire d'Alexandrie, Paris, 1998, p. 183, no. 131; and B. F. Cook, Inscribed Hadra Vases, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1966, for similar.
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