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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:
Overall: 5 5/8 x 1 15/16in. (14.3 x 4.9cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.324
Not on view
Translucent light blue; opaque yellow and white trail; handles and knob base in translucent yellowish green.
Inward-sloping rim-disk; thick-walled neck, tapering slightly downward, then expanding to join sloping shoulder; elongated ovoid body, tapering in to pointed bottom, with applied knob base; two strap handles applied to shoulder and upper part of neck.
Trails applied at rim, drawn down in a spiral around neck, across shoulder, down body and trailed off at bottom, with plain spiral at top and bottom, but tooled into an even, narrow festoon pattern around sides with 25 upward strokes. Yellow applied first and white overlaid.
Broken and repaired around rim and neck with some areas missing; knob base and both handles missing; a few bubbles; slight dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering.
Very narrow opening at base of neck
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Idalion (modern Dali)

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5057, 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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