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Attic Pentelic Marble Hydria-Loutrophoros
ca. 375-350 BC
The shape of this stone grave marker is based on the three-handled terracotta water vessel traditionally used to supply purification water for funerals. The handles are now missing. The vase depicts a couple bidding their young daughter Malthake farewell. A stele of the same Malthake in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art was probably the principal monument set over her grave, leaving our hydria-loutrophoros to serve as her secondary memorial. The grave site was probably the district of Markopoulos in Attica recorded in the epitaph on the Metropolitan's stele.
H. 81.0; Dia. 34.0 cm. UM neg. S8-46897.
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