Black-Figure Loutrophoros (Ritual Water Vessel): Prothesis (Laying out of Corpse), Mourners

Black-Figure Loutrophoros (Ritual Water Vessel): Prothesis (Laying out of Corpse), Mourners

c. 500 BC


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

The Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1927.145



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.

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GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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