Cretan Hadra Ware hydria with dolphin decoration

G16

£700.00

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A pottery Hadra Ware hydria painted with dolphins, floral swags and palmettes. These vases were produced specifically as cinerary urns for itinerant Cretans and the majority originate from Greek trading settlements in Egypt. Their decoration is typical of Greek designs and does not rely on the Egyptian pantheon for their inspiration, thus creating a purely Greek/Cretan container for the remains of a traveller destined not to return to their homeland.

Culture
Crete, c. 3rd Century BC (probably excavated in Egypt)

Size
35.5 x 23 cms including handles

Condition
Repaired from numerous fragments with losses, surface wear and areas of old painted plaster restoration, both handles restored and rear handle missing. Around 90% of the original vase is present.

Provenance
Ex. deceased estate, Nice, Fance; collection acquired 1950’s – 1960’s.

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