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Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
last quarter of 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H.: 27 7/8 in. (70.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.86
  • Description

    On the body, obverse, prothesis (laying out of the deceased) with mourners
    Reverse, male mourners; subsidiary frieze, file of horsemen
    On the neck, obverse, mourning women
    Reverse, 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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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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