A loutrophoros (Ancient Greek: λουτροφόρος; Greek etymology: λουτρόν/loutron and φέρω/pherō, English translation: "bathwater" and "carry") is a distinctive type of Greek pottery vessel characterized by an elongated neck with two handles. The loutrophoros was used to carry water for a bride's pre-nuptial ritual bath, and in funeral rituals, and was placed in the tombs of the unmarried. The loutrophoros itself is a motif for Greek tombstones, either as a relief (for instance, the lekythos on the Stele of Panaetius) or as a stone vessel. There are many in the funeral area at the Kerameikon in Athens, some of which are now preserved in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Attic black-figure loutrophoros-amphora with a prothesis scene, 510-500 BC
Apulian egg-shaped loutrophoros (Apulian typus I, variant I), 330 BC
- Richter, p. 57.
- Richter, Gisela M. A. (1928). A Newly Acquired Loutrophoros. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 2, Part 1, pp. 54–57.
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