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Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean or Italian
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group II
Dimensions:
H.: 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.231
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue, with handle and base-knob in same color; trail in uncertain color.
Everted horizontal rim with rounded outer lip; cylindrical neck; sloping shoulder; ovoid body, tapering downwards; applied base-knob; strap handle applied in a large pad to shoulder, drawn up and slightly outward, then curving in and pressed on to neck under rim.
Trail applied on neck below rim and wound down in spiral, drawn across shoulder, and then tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern around upper half of body, formed by uneven vertical tooling indents, and with an irregular raised line running aslant across shoulder.
Broken and repaired, with several holes in body and second handle completely missing; dulling, pitting, and iridescence, with large areas of thick, milky weathering.
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. 215-16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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