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Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent light blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Uneven, inward-sloping rim-disk; slanting cylindrical neck; rounded shoulder; ovoid body; circular base-knob with flat bottom; two vertical ring handles applied to shoulder, drawn up, and pressed onto neck.
A yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; a thick yellow trail applied in a spiral around shoulder and top of body, then tooled into an uneven close-set zigzag pattern on central part of body, where a turquoise blue trail is added, mingling with the yellow; below, a third, fine yellow trail wound horizontally once around body.
Intact; bubbles and gritty white impurities; dulling, pitting, and faint iridescent 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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