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Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle)

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 6th–5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group I
Dimensions:
H.: 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.340
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque white.
Deep inward-sloping rim-disk; broad cylindrical neck, tapering upwards; sloping shoulder; top-shaped body; circular base-knob with deep indent on bottom; two strap handles applied in pads to shoulder, drawn up, turned in, and pressed onto neck.
Yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another yellow trail applied in a spiral around top of body in horizontal lines, then tooled into an irregular close-set zigzag pattern around middle of body together with a single white trail; below, a yellow trail wound horizontally twice around lower body. Part of zigzag pattern distorted by cobalt blue overlay.
Intact; some white gritty inclusions and one large cracked inclusion on shoulder; slight dulling and some pitting of surface bubbles, but little 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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