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


The sleeping boy's nakedness and exhausted state suggest that he is a slave or servant. Vases of this shape probably held perfumed oils.