Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Canosan
H. 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The loutrophoroi are not closed at the bottom, indicating that they were made for the tomb. Decorated in a similar technique as the two pyxides (boxes) nearby (06.1021.253 and 28.57.5), they originally had pink and yellow garlands around the center of the body. The loutrophoroi; the pyxis 06.1021.253a, b; the funnel vase 06.1021.248a, b; and the two-handled vase 06.1021.246a, b come from the rich burials of a warrior and a woman found at Canosa in 1895.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia p. 190, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.