On the body, obverse, woman with attendant in naiskos (shrine) flanked by youths and women Reverse, woman in naiskos flanked by youths and women On the shoulder, obverse, head of a woman wearing a Phrygian cap within foliage Reverse, head of a woman within foliage
This loutrophoros is a slightly simpler counterpart of the adjacent example. The naiskos has only two columns, and the lower part of the podium is covered with vine tendrils. The woman opens a casket, while her maid holds a garland of flowers. Although the function of such vases is not fully understood, it was most probably funerary. From its origins in Athens, the loutrophoros was associated with weddings and with rites for those who died unmarried. The iconographical formula of figures in a naiskos was established in sculpture on the Greek mainland, whence it reached Southern Italy.
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