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Amphoriskos (Small Amphora)

Amphoriskos (Small Amphora)

AD 50-100

Glass, mold-blown

Diameter: 2.5 cm (1 in.); Overall: 7.5 x 3.5 cm (2 15/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

General Income Fund 1919.12

Location

Did you know?

Although much smaller, glass amphoriskoi (“small amphorae”) are similar in form to ceramic transport amphorae.

Description

First blown in a mold, then supplied with separately made handles, this small vessel likely held perfumed oil, a valuable commodity. Originally violet in color, its surface is now partially marred by areas of buff and iridescent weathering. The finely ribbed body is quite elegant, however, and its extravagant modern box attests to its significant value for a modern owner (prior to 1919).

See also
Collection: 
GR - Roman
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Glass
Credit line: 
General Income Fund

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