Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)
- last quarter of 6th century B.C.
- Greek, Attic
- Terracotta; black-figure
- H.: 27 7/8 in. (70.8 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1906
- Accession Number:
On the body, obverse, prothesis (laying out of the deceased) with mourners
Reverse, male mourners; subsidiary frieze, file of horsemen
On the neck, obverse, mourning women
Reverse, mourning women; subsidiary frieze, siren between panthers
It is very unfortunate that this loutrophoros is so damaged and so incomplete. It was richly decorated with principal and subsidiary subjects on the obverse and reverse. The remaining figures are well drawn with much added white preserved. The women here clearly tear their hair, illustrating a traditional part of their lamentations.