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Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)

Attributed to the Sabouroff Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 16 9/16 in. (42 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Walter C. Baker, 1962
Accession Number:
62.41
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Bride and groom

The loutrophoros is one of the most long-lived shapes in Attic vase-painting, which speaks for the continuity of the rituals in which it was used. The scene depicts a groom leading his bride from her home to his. The telling gesture is his clasping of her wrist. In some contexts, the gesture might imply possession or coercion, but here the glances exchanged by the principals indicate a harmonious relationship. The procession to the groom's house included the marriage party; ancillary figures on the vase may be considered part of the group.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 841, no. 78, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Winkler, Hannelore. 1999. Lutrophorie: ein Hochzeitskult auf attischen Vasenbilder. p. 182, Freiburg im Breisgau: Hochschul Verlag.

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