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Glass amphoriskos with band of scrolls

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Roman, Syro-Palestinian
Glass; blown in a two-part mold
H.: 2 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 15/16 in. (7.3 x 4.4 x 2.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent pale purple, with handle in translucent pale yellow green.
Uneven tubular rim, folded out, over, and in; neck flaring downward; ovoid body; cylindrical base, with flat but uneven bottom; small rod handle attached in a pad to shoulder, drawn up, round, and in, and folded onto lower part of neck. One continuous mold seam around body and across bottom, but edges of molds not carefully aligned.
On body, frieze of indistinct downturned raised tongues on upper body and twenty-five upturned raised tongues on lower body, joined by a central band of tendril scrolls bordered above and below by two horizontal raised lines.
One handle missing and hole in shoulder where it was once attached; few bubbles; faint iridescence on exterior, soil encrustation, whitish weathering, and brilliant iridescence on interior.
Said to be from Syria

Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "The Room of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(6) Supplement: pp. 15-6, fig. 13.

Kern, J.H.C. 1954. "A pair of mould-blown glass amphorisks, 1st century A.D." Oudheidkundige Mededelingen uit het Rijksmuseum van oudheden te Leiden, 35: p. 39, n. 8.

Auth, Susan H. 1976. Ancient glass at the Newark Museum from the Eugene Schaefer Collection of antiquities. p. 70, Newark: Newark Museum.

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