Attic black-figured louterion

Attic louterion, attributed to the workshop of Sophilos, a famous vase painter of the 6th c. BC. It dates to the early Archaic period, ca 590-580 BC. 
 
On the one side of the vessel there are two confronting lions flanking a floral pattern and two lotus flowers arranged on a cross-shape, whereas on the other side there are three galloping horse riders. It is probably a scene of horse races. Rosette motives fill in the spaces. 

The ground line of the depictions is marked by a wide black stripe, whereas between the latter and the black, conical base there is a stripe of black spear-shaped beams against a light-coloured background. The gap of each handle is black-glazed, apart from two little triangular surfaces preserving the colour of the clay. The flat rim of the vessel is decorated with a row of rosettes. Its interior is entirely painted. 

The louterion, a vessel used for washing the hands and the face during funerary rituals, was found at the cemetery of the ancient city of Corcyra (in the region of present-day Garitsa), placed close to a large burial pithos, containing burned bones.

         
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