Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Funerary loutrophoros
Athens, Greece
Late Classical period, mid-4th century BCE
Pentelic marble
H: 155 cm
Gift of Ella Brummer, Durham, North Carolina, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in memory of her husband Ernest Brummer
Accession number: 80.50.64(a)
 
 
The loutrophoros was a pottery vessel used in Athens to carry water from the holy spring of Kallirrhoe for ceremonial washing before marriage. When a person, man or woman, died unmarried, his gravemarker was sometimes made in the distinctive shape of this vessel, alluding to the experience that he never lived to enjoy.

Publications:
Birchall, A. et al., The Ernest Brummer Collection, Ancient Art, II, Zürich, 1979

Exhibition:
Brummer Exhibition, Rockefeller Museum 1994, Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1994

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir