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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

The Spectacle of Death: Funerary Customs in Ancient Greece and Italy

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Hydria, Hadra WareHydria, Hadra Ware

Hadra ware hydriae (water jars) were common in the cemeteries of Hellenistic Alexandria. They held the cremated remains of Greeks, while Egyptians continued to practice mummification. A majority of Hadra ware hydriae come from rock-cut chamber tombs and other types of burials used in Alexandria.

Hydria, Hadra Ware
Greek, Hellenistic Period
ca. 250–190 B.C.E.
Greece (manufactured in Crete)
Pottery
(87.82)
Gift of Professor and Mrs. Chester G. Starr
in memory of Elsa Nagel,
of Dorothy and Charles Mullet;
Weinberg Fund

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