Oil flask (alabastron)
Late Archaic Period
about 490–480 B.C.
the Group of the Negro Alabastra
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Height: 14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Black Figure
Not On View
On pale yellow ground, an African walking to right; wears trousers and jacket, and carries a bow and an axe. A palm tree and chair are shown opposite. White ground alabastra often depict black warriors dressed in “barbarian” costume, possibly followers of the epic hero Memnon, king of the Ethiopians.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Tanagra.); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund