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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

The Spectacle of Death: Funerary Customs in Ancient Greece and Italy

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Red-figure RhytonRed-figure Rhyton

A rhyton was used for drinking or pouring libations in religious ceremonies or during funerary rites. The lack of wear shown on many such vessels indicates they were made specifically for the funeral and subsequent deposition in the grave. By the fourth century B.C.E., rhyta may have been associated specifically with funerals since they appear with images of mortuary ritual.

Red-figure Rhyton
Attributed to the Rhyton Painter
ca. 330-310 B.C.E.
South Italy, Apulia
Gift of Professor William R. Biers

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