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Sides A and B: An oil-press. The press has a long beam weighted at the end by large sacks, presumably filled with stones. A nude, bearded workman hangs on the beam to increase the pressure. A beardless nude workman adjusts the straps holding the sacks. Oil pours from the pressing table into...

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By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; inherited from him by Mrs. Burt and then, about 1889, by A. H. Browne; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C., England, auction of the Forman Collection, June 19-22, lot 323; 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 520–510 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Height: 10.2 cm (4 in.) diameter: 15.3 cm. diameter (handle to handle): 21.2 cm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World