Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)
last quarter of 6th century B.C.
H.: 27 7/8 in. (70.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906
On the body, obverse, prothesis (laying out of the deceased) with mournersReverse, male mourners; subsidiary frieze, file of horsemenOn the neck, obverse, mourning womenReverse, mourning women; subsidiary frieze, siren between panthers
It is very unfortunate that this loutrophoros is so damaged and so incomplete. It was richly decorated with principal and subsidiary subjects on the obverse and reverse. The remaining figures are well drawn with much added white preserved. The women here clearly tear their hair, illustrating a traditional part of their lamentations.
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