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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Reed Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 430–420 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure, white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Harry G. Friedman, 1953
Accession Number:
53.107
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Horseman and tomb

Horsemen and chariots have a long tradition in Greek funerary iconography. In this very late manifestation, the rapidity but surety of execution heightens the question of whether the scene is to be understood literally or whether the horseman is a representation of the deceased.
Oakley, John H. 2004. Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi. p. 186, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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