Oil flask (alabastron)

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 490–480 B.C.
the Group of the Negro Alabastra


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.927

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund