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Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 18 13/16 in. (47.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.77
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
On the body, obverse, six women at a bier; reverse, five men
On the neck, obverse, three women; reverse, three men

The most frequently represented part of Attic funerary ritual is the prothesis, the laying out of the deceased surrounded by mourners. The care of the dead was primarily the task of women; they appear closest to the bier, while the men appear on the reverse of the vase.
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