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Terracotta vase in the form of a sleeping African (known as Ethiopian) boy

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 3rd–2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2263
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
The sleeping boy's nakedness and exhausted state suggest that he is a slave or servant. Vases of this shape probably held perfumed oils.
Said to be from Cyprus

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1878. Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples. A Narrative of Researches and Excavations During Ten Years' Residence in That Island. p. 456, New York: Harper & Brothers.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 443, pp. 274-5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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