Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)
- last quarter of 6th century B.C.
- Greek, Attic
- Terracotta; black-figure
- H. 29 3/8 in. (74.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Fletcher Fund, 1925
- Accession Number:
On the body, obverse, prothesis (laying out of the deceased) with mourners; reverse, mourners
On the neck, obverse and reverse, mourners
On the subsidiary frieze, horsemen
The iconography of this vase is canonical for a loutrophoros. Of interest is the subsidiary frieze of horsemen. Horses play a significant role in funerary iconography, in the form of war chariots, racing chariots, or riders. The reference will be to the status of the deceased, for ownership of a horse in ancient Athens was a mark of wealth and privilege.