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Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)

A work made of glass, mold-blown.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, mold-blown.


1st century


Roman, probably Syria

About this artwork

Shortly after glassblowing was invented in the Eastern Mediterranean in the first century BCE, enterprising
glassmakers created a shaping technique known as moldblowing, in which they inflated a bubble of molten glass within a mold. This process enabled rapid production and promoted the development of new vessel shapes and sizes.


On View, Gallery 153


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)


Syria (Object made in)

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1 CE–100 CE


Glass, mold-blown


10.5 × 4.5 × 4.5 cm (4 1/8 × 1 3/4 × 1 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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