Glass amphoriskos (flask)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Translucent yellow, with one handle in purple and the other in pale blue green.
Everted rim, partially tubular and folded over and in, and pressed into flaring mouth; short cylindrical neck; globular body, with small indent in one side; projecting circular base with flat bottom; rod handles applied to top of body in a pad, drawn up and out, then curved in a trailed onto edge and underside of rim and top of neck. One continuous, slightly misaligned mold seam running from neck down body and across bottom in a ridge.
On body, friezes of radiating lines in relief, twenty-nine above and thirty-two below, a central band of tendril scrolls, different in each half of mold, bordered above and below by a single horizontal raised line.
Intact; pinprick bubbles; large patches of weathering and iridescence on interior.

Glass amphoriskos (flask), Glass, Roman

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