Banded agate amphoriskos (perfume bottle)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166

In Hellenistic and Roman times, vessels made in semiprecious stone were much sought after as symbols of wealth and sophistication. They were used as diplomatic gifts or treasured as heirlooms, and many of them found their way into royal tombs or imperial collections, both in antiquity and later. Their rarity also encouraged imitations in both glass and pottery.

Banded agate amphoriskos (perfume bottle), Banded agate, Roman

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