The J. Paul Getty Museum

Attic White-ground Alabastron

Object Details

Title:

Attic White-ground Alabastron

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek (Attic)

Place:

Athens, Greece (Place Created)

Date:

about 480 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Object Number:

71.AE.202

Dimensions:

14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)

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Object Description

The body of the vessel is covered with white-ground; the neck and mouth are painted black, as is the bottom. The top of figure-decorated zone bears two black bands, one thick, one thin. There is a reserved band beneath the ground line. Depicted on the white-ground body is an African warrior, wearing patterned trousers (dots and stripes), a quiver, a sleeved jerkin (dot pattern on the arms) and a chlamys over both arms. The figure walks to the right, looking back, with an axe in one outstretched hand, a bow in the other. To the right, a low stool and a tall palm tree. Much of the surface is very worn.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1971

Royal Athena Galleries, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Selected Works from the Ancient Art Collection of the John Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California, (May 29 to July 10, 1971)
  • Hetzel Union Gallery (State College), May 29 to July 10, 1971
Bibliography
Bibliography

Selected Works from the Ancient Art Collection of the John Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California, exh. cat. (University Park: The Pennsylvania State University College of Arts and Architecture, 1971), no. 95.

Algrain, I. L'Alabastre Attique. Origine, Forme et Usages (Brussels: CReA-Patrimoine 2014), p. 237, cat. no. PAS B59.