Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle)

Greek, Eastern Mediterranean

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

Opaque streaky red brown, with handles and base-knob in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Outsplayed, inward-sloping rim-disk; cylindrical neck; broad sloping shoulder; ovoid body tapering to a point; circular base-knob with rounded edge and small indent on bottom; two ring handles applied over trail decoration, drawn up from shoulder, turned in, and pressed on to neck.
One yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another yellow trail applied to shoulder and wound unevenly round in a spiral and twice around top of body in horizontal lines, then tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern, at which point a turquoise blue trail is added, becoming wider towards bottom; below, a third yellow trail wound horizontally around lower part of body.
Intact; dulling, slight pitting, faint iridescent weathering, and traces of encrustation around handles.

During the fifth century B.C., the colors of Mediterranean Group I vessels expanded from blue or opaque white to include dark green, golden brown, and opaque brick red.

Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle), Glass, Greek, Eastern Mediterranean

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