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Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle)

Late Hellenistic
1st century B.C.
Greek, Cypriot
Glass; core-formed, Group III
6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm) Other: 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm) Diam. of rim: 1 1/16 in. (2.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
Translucent green, appearing black; one handle and base-knob in yellow brown, the other handle in yellow green; trail in opaque white.
Inward-sloping rim-disk, with tooling indent underneath; tall, slightly concave, cylindrical neck; sloping shoulder; elongated piriform body; large applied base-knob; two rod handles applied in pads across shoulder, drawn up and slightly out to above rim, then looped in and down, and attached to neck below rim in a double fold over trail decoration.
Single white trail applied around lip of rim and then wound in a spiral around neck and shoulder to body, then tooled into a festoon pattern with twenty-eight upward strokes, continuing in a plain spiral around lower part of body, ending under base-knob.
Intact, except for part of knob; areas of deep pitting and dulling, with brilliant iridescence and creamy brown weathering.
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Idalion (modern Dali)

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. LXXVI, 4, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5054, p. 506, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fossing, Poul. 1940. Glass Vessels before Glass Blowing. n. 1, p. 120, Copenhagen: Ejnar Munksgaard.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 467, pp. 286-87, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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