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Fragment of a terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)

Attributed to the Painter of Bologna 228
ca. 460 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H.: 17 1/2 x 12 in. (44.5 x 30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Obverse, old man and warrior
Reverse, two warriors

The fragment is the neck of a loutrophoros, marble examples of which are exhibited in the fourth-century B.C. sculpture gallery. The tall slender shape emphasizes the statuesque quality of the figures. It is noteworthy that the figures seem to represent three generations, from the old man on the obverse to the youth on the reverse.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 92, fig. 32d, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 87, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 92, fig. 32d, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 512, no. 15, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Moret, J.-M. 1984. Œdipe, la Sphinx et les thébains: essai de mythologie iconographique, Bibliotheca Helvetica Romana 23, 2 vols. p. 33, n. 1, Rome: Institut suisse de Rome.

Winkler, Hannelore. 1999. Lutrophorie: ein Hochzeitskult auf attischen Vasenbilder. p. 219, Freiburg im Breisgau: Hochschul Verlag.

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