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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 view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
Said to be from Athens

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Black-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(12): p. 300, fig. 9.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 88-89, fig. 56, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Winkler, Hannelore. 1999. Lutrophorie: ein Hochzeitskult auf attischen Vasenbilder. p. 206, Freiburg im Breisgau: Hochschul Verlag.

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