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Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)

Period:
Early Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Canosan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.245
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.

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