Glass hexagonal amphoriskos

Signed by Ennion the Glass Maker

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; mold-blown
H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
  • Description

    Translucent cobalt blue; handles in same color.
    Rim folded out, round, and in, with uneven beveled upper edge; short cylindrical neck; hexagonal sloping shoulder; hexagonal body, curving in at top below shoulder, then straight-sided but tapering downwards, and curving out to projecting plain band at bottom; flat hexagonal bottom; two strap handles applied to shoulder, drawn up and slightly outwards, then turned in, folded into a flattened thumb rest, projecting outwards above rim, and trailed off on underside of rim and top of neck.
    On shoulder, six palmettes with alternating inward and outward facing leaves at angles, and six recessed semicircular pediments with thick raised rib-like edges on panels, decorated alternately with circular bosses comprising two small concentric circles and a central dot and a plain four-armed cross; on body, six panels, each surrounded by raised lines and each containing a different device: 1) Greek inscription in three lines; 2) palmette with inward facing leaves above suspended tendrils at either side tied into a loop below to support a bunch of grapes; 3) ivy tendrils hanging from top corners supporting a cantharus by one of its handles; 4) palmette with outward facing leaves above suspended tendrils at either side tied into a loop below to support double flutes; 5) ivy tendrils hanging from top corners supporting a fluted oinochoe by its handle; 6) palmette with inward facing leaves above suspended tendrils at either side tied into a loop below to support a set of pipes; on bottom, four concentric raised circles.
    Broken on body and bottom, with one hole on bottom edge of shoulder, lower part of three panels, and slightly over half of bottom missing; few bubbles and black inclusions; some dulling and faint pitting, patches of creamy brown weathering with faint iridescence.
    Shoulder and body blown in a two-part mold; separate flat mold for bottom.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed by Ennion

    Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: "Ennion made [me/it]"

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Potamia, near Golgoi, Cyprus (Froehner 1879, p. 65 note 3; A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection…, 1903, vol. 3, pt. 2, pl. LXXVIII, 5)

    In 1876, excavated in Potamia, near Golgoi, Cyprus, by Luigi Palma di Cesnola; afterwards, collection of L.P. di Cesnola; before 1879, purchased by Jules Charvet from L.P. di Cesnola; 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.

  • References

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    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 215-16.

    Goodyear, William H. 1885. "The Charvet Collection of Glass." American Journal of Archaeology, 1(2/3): p. 166 n. 6, pl. 7.4.

    Cesnola, Luigi Palma di and Dr. Joan R. Mertens. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, pt. 2. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, pl. 78.5.

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