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Glass amphoriskos with band of scrolls

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a two-part mold
H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); diameter 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent pale streaky purple, with handles in translucent pale blue green.
Rim folded out, down, round, and in, and pressed into sides of mouth; cylindrical neck; ovoid body; low cylindrical base, with concave, oval bottom; rod handles attached in large claw pads to shoulder, drawn up, round, and in, and folded onto neck. One continuous mold seam around body and across bottom, but edges of molds not carefully aligned.
On body, frieze of twenty-six downturned contiguous flutes in raised outline on upper body and thirty upturned flutes on lower body, joined by a central band of tendril scrolls bordered above and below by a single horizontal raised line.
Intact, except for small weathered chip in one handle; bubbles in rim; dulling and slight encrustation on exterior, patches of brownish weathering and brilliant iridescence on interior.
Said to be from Syria (Froehner 1879, p. 65, note 1)

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.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 64-5 n. 1, 138, pl. IV, 16, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

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.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 3. p. 716, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

Auth, Susan H. 1976. Ancient glass at the Newark Museum from the Eugene Schaefer Collection of antiquities. no. 66, p. 70, Newark: Newark Museum.

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