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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 view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
Winkler, Hannelore. 1999. Lutrophorie: ein Hochzeitskult auf attischen Vasenbilder. pp. 206, 214, Freiburg im Breisgau: Hochschul Verlag.

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