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Banded agate amphoriskos (perfume bottle)

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan or early Julio-Claudian
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Banded agate
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/8 in. (6.0 cm) diameter 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Stone Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass Gift, in honor of Annette de la Renta, and Rogers Fund, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.253
  • Description

    In Hellenistic and Roman times, vessels made in semiprecious stone were much sought after as symbols of wealth and sophistication. They were used as diplomatic gifts or treasured as heirlooms, and many of them found their way into royal tombs or imperial collections, both in antiquity and later. Their rarity also encouraged imitations in both glass and pottery.

  • Provenance

    [1970s – 2001, collection of Robin Symes, London]; acquired in 2001, purchased from Robin Symes.

  • References

    Lightfoot, Christopher S. and Dr. Seán Hemingway. 2001. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2000-2001." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 59(2): p. 11.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 393, pp. 338, 483.

    Koeppe, Wolfram. 2008. Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 2, p. 105.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2009. "“Glass and Gold of the Hellenistic and Early Roman World”." Philippe de Montebello and the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1977-2008, James R. Houghton, ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 17.

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