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Protoattic loutrophoros-amphora by the Analatos Painter, c. 680 BC, "Louvre (CA 1960)

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.[1] 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.


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  1. ^ Richter, p. 57.


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