Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159

Bride and groom

While the wedding scene is traditional, the shape has undergone considerable change from earlier examples, particularly in the proportions. The pronounced elongation renders the loutrophoros unwieldy and also reduces the amount of water that it could contain. This example and others like it were probably more symbolic than functional.

Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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