Greek Pottery: "Terracotta Loutrophoros"
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This paper explains that "Terracotta Loutrophoros" (Ceremonial Vase for Water), from the Archaic period, which is now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a Greek black-figured funerary amphora that has two handles for carrying and an opening. Next, the author relates the way the vertical shape of the vessel is balanced by the horizontal narrative bands and the narrative scenes are placed in relationship to each other. The paper concludes that the figures, who are mourning the death of a youth, are able to portray their love for him thus making the vase not only a ritual object but also a work of art so descriptive that the viewer does not need a museum placard to understand the story.
From the Paper:"There is also great detail in all the women's gowns. The fabric patterns are almost all identical, which may indicate that it was customary to wear a typical kind of dress to a funeral. The white arms and faces may be intended to bring attention to the mourning gesture customary in humeral processions (arms held above the head). On the lower part of the neck, there are two guardian lions. Their presence may imply that the youth were courageous and brave fighters who may have fought other beasts and soldiers in their lifetime.
"The middle section of the amphora is the largest and most significant scene. Eight women surround the dead youth lying on the bier."
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Greek Pottery: "Terracotta Loutrophoros" (2011, October 18) Retrieved May 19, 2013, from http://www.academon.com/descriptive-essay/greek-pottery-terracotta-loutrophoros-148410/
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