Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)
Attributed to the Reed Painter
ca. 430–420 B.C.
Terracotta; red-figure, white-ground
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.7 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Harry G. Friedman, 1953
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.
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