A horseman is fighting a foot soldier in front of the kind of whispy reeds that give this group of painters its name. The subject may indicate that this lekythos stood on the tomb of a man who died in battle. The iconography may, however, also be a reflection of the conflicts of the Peloponnesian War, which were taking place concurrently. Characteristic of the Reed Group's style is polychromy applied in translucent washes.
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