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Marble Loutrophoros – 4th Century BC

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Marble Loutrophoros – 4th Century BC

This marble loutrophoros from the 4th Century BC marked an Ancient Greek grave. The solid stone loutrophoros is a motif for Greek tombstones, either as a relief or as a stone vessel. There were many in the ancient funeral area of Athens, some of which are now preserved in various Museum of Athens. This loutrophoros with an inscription has survived for over 2,000 years.

A loutrophoros which in English translation means “bathwater” and “carry” started is evolution as a distinctive type of Greek pottery vessel characterised by an elongated neck with two handles. The loutrophoros was used to carry water for a bride’s prenuptial ritual bath, and in funeral rituals, and was placed in the tombs of the unmarried. In its long history, it evolved from a pottery vessel to a tombstones motif in the ancient Greek culture.

Marble Loutrophoros – 4th Century BC

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“Time is the wisest counsellor of all.”
– Pericles

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