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
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