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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:

5th-7th century

Artist:

Byzantine

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. The technical achievements and prestige of glass continued through the Byzantine period.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Byzantine

Title

Amphoriskos (Container for Oil)

Place

Mediterranean Region (Object made in)

Date

400 CE–600 CE

Medium

Glass, core-formed technique

Dimensions

5.1 × 4.4 × 4.4 cm (2 × 1 3/4 × 1 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1142

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