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Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass.

Date:

6th-5th century BCE

Artist:

Ancient Mediterranean

About this artwork

Initially affordable only among the wealthy, glass was used in ancient Rome to create tableware and containers for oils and perfume. The word amphoriskos, Greek for “small amphora,” refers to this object’s shape, a miniature version of the two-handled vessels that contained oil or wine. In the ancient Mediterranean world, scented oils, usually olive oil based, were used rather than alcohol-based perfumes.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Mediterranean

Title

Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)

Origin

Mediterranean Region

Date

600 BCE–401 BCE

Medium

Glass

Dimensions

5.7 × 2.9 × 2.5 cm (2 1/4 × 1 1/8 × 1 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1143

Extended information about this artwork

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