You are here:

Loutrophoros

Loutrophoros

c. 500 BC

Black-figure terracotta

Overall: 43.5 cm (17 1/8 in.)

The Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1927.145

Description

The loutrophoros was used to carry water from the sacred spring of Enneakrounos for use in a ceremonial bath before marriage. Therefore, these vases were placed over the tombs of unmarried persons for use in the afterworld. Neck: Mourning women (both sides) Front: Six women mourn before the funeral couch of a young man. Inscriptions above the women’s shoulders do not form complete words. A loutrophoros had specific ritual uses. It was used for the bridal bath and also to wash the body of a deceased unmarried person before burial. Back: On the body is a line of three mourning men.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

Contact us

Request a digital file from image services

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

Is something not working on this page? Please email help.website@clevelandart.org.