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Loutrophoros (Funerary Vessel)
Late Classical Period, c. 365 B.C.

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Mediterranean
Creator Dates/Places: Ancient Greece Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Active Place: Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Name-CRT: Greek
Creator Name: Varrese Painter
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Italian; act. 2nd quarter 4th cen. B.C. Europe,Italy
Creator Active Place: Europe,Italy
Creator Name-CRT: The Varrese Painter
Title: Loutrophoros (Funerary Vessel)
Title Type: preferred
Title: Funerary Vessel
Title Type: alternate
View: back view
Creation Start Date: -37
Creation End Date: -36
Creation Date: Late Classical Period, c. 365 B.C.
Creation Place: Europe,Italy,Puglia (region)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Vessel
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware, red-figure technique
Dimensions: H.: 88 cm (34-3/4 in.)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1984.9
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Katherine K. Adler Fund
Subject Description: Loutrophoroi were used for ritual cleaning in the ceremonies that preceded a marriage or in funerary rites of the unmarried. This example, perforated through the bottom, served the latter function. On the shoulder, female heads, richly bedecked, appear in agitated floral settings; handles have a serpentine, dynamic shape; vertical zones of palmettes separate the scenes on front and back. At the front, scenes show moments of preparation for a marriage. The bride's entourage displays the needed paraphernalia: mirrors, a fan, jewelry, garlands, oil, and the mystical cistas (boxes or caskets with ritual implements). At the back, other female figures carrying gifts visit a tomb.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1984.9
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

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