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Gold amphoriskos (oil flask) with inlaid garnets

3rd century B.C.
Gold and garnet
H. 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm); diameter 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Kellen, 1999
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
Circle of twisted wire soldered onto top of mouth above everted rim; cylindrical neck; sloping rounded shoulder; conical body with pointed bottom. Two handles, made from two separate sheets of folded metal, square in section, joined at a right angle; lower section attached to shoulder and rising vertically; upper section attached horizontally to neck; ends of handles encircled by beaded wire; on neck two inverted tear-shaped red garnet stones set in plain bezels encircled with beaded wire; at base of neck, two rows of twisted wire; on shoulder below handles, to small round garnet stones, also in a plain setting encircled with beaded wire; below these settings at the top of the conical body are two more rows of twisted wire but smaller than those at the base of the neck; near top of body is a row of beaten out bosses in an irregular line; the top of the pointed bottom is concealed beneath a cluster of sixteen granules with a central stud at the apex.
1928. Die Sammlung Eduard Gans: antike Schmucksachen und Gegenstände der Kleinkunst in Gold, Edelstein, Halbedelstein, Glas, Bronze. no. 101, p. 21, pl. 9.

Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums. 1954. Ancient art in American private collections. A loan exhibition at the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, December 28, 1954-February 15, 1955. no. 318, p. 38, pl. 90, Cambridge, Mass: Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2000. "One Hundred Thirtieth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 130: p. 17.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2001. "The Pendant Possibilities of Core-Formed Glass Bottles." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 36: p. 64, fig. 7.

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