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Oil flask (alabastron)

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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...

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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

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 490–480 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure


The Ancient World