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Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)

A work made of glass, core-formed technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, core-formed technique.

Date:

2nd-1st century BCE

Artist:

Hellenistic; Ancient Mediterranean

About this artwork

Initially affordable only among the wealthy, glass was used in ancient Rome as containers for oils, perfume, and tablewares. The word “amphoriskos”, Greek for “small amphora”, refers to this object’s shape, a miniature version of the two-handled metal or ceramic vessels that contained oil or wine. Core-formed glass was made by dipping a removable core that gives the vessel its shape into a molten glass mixture.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Mediterranean

Title

Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)

Origin

Mediterranean Region

Date

200 BCE–1 BCE

Medium

Glass, core-formed technique

Dimensions

15.2 × 7 × 7 cm (6 × 2 3/4 × 2 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1165

Extended information about this artwork

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