Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163

Translucent yellow green, appearing black; handles in translucent light green; trails in opaque yellow and opaque white.
Inward-sloping oval rim-disk, with projecting jagged edge to mouth and tooling indent underneath; tall cylindrical neck; small sloping shoulder; conical body, expanding downwards, then turned in sharply to flat bottom; two s-shaped rod handles applied in a loop across shoulder and top of body over trail decoration, drawn up lower part of neck, and then looped out and in, forming large ears, and pressed onto top of neck and underside of rim-disk.
Yellow trail applied around lip of rim and a white trail applied on underside of rim-disk, both then wound in a spiral around neck and shoulder to body, partly as alternating, partly as overlapping lines, then tooled into a close-set festoon pattern with thirty upward strokes on upper two-thirds of body, continuing in a plain spiral around lower part of body, and ending in irregular swirls at center of bottom.
Intact, except for weathered chip in rim-disk; slight pitting of surface bubbles with faint iridescence, some encrustation on handles and neck, and one patch of brown weathering on lower body and bottom.

The production of core-formed glass was revived in the late Hellenistic period, and a smaller number of types and shapes of vessels were employed than in the earlier industry of the fourth to third century B.C. In addition, as seen here, the handles were now larger and were frequently made of a colorless or translucent glass.

Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle), Glass, Greek

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