Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Reed Painter

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.

Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Attributed to the Reed Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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