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.
Protoattic loutrophoros by the Analatos Painter, c. 680 BC, Louvre (CA 1960)
Funerary loutrophoros, 510-500 BC
Keramikos Museum, Athens, Marble loutrophoros from the grave of Agathon and Sosykrates
Oversize ("huge") Apulian, 330 BC
- Richter, Gisela M. A. (1928). A Newly Acquired Loutrophoros. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 2, Part 1, pp. 54–57.