Terracotta vase in the form of a sleeping African (known as Ethiopian) boy
ca. 3rd–2nd century B.C.
H. 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
The sleeping boy's nakedness and exhausted state suggest that he is a slave or servant. Vases of this shape probably held perfumed oils.
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