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Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle)

Period:
Late Hellenistic
Date:
1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cypriot
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group III
Dimensions:
5 11/16 × 2 5/16 in. (14.5 × 5.8 cm) Diam. of rim: 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.321
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
Translucent green, appearing black; handles and base of uncertain color; patch near base in opaque red; trail in opaque white.
Inward-sloping rim-disk, with upward rounded lip; cylindrical neck, expanding downwards; sloping shoulder with indented surface; piriform body; applied knob base; two rod handles applied in pads across shoulder, drawn up vertically, then looped in and down, and pressed onto neck below rim over trail decoration.
Single white trail applied to 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 and under base knob, and trailed off up side.
Broken and repaired, with one handle completely missing and hole in side of body; dulling, deep pitting and weathering, with brilliant iridescence.
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, 5, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5055, p. 506, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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

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