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Greek Festooned Glass Amphoriskos, 2nd-1st Century B.C

Conservation:  Repaired
Material:  Glass
Dimensions:  14.4 cm high
Provenance:  Acquired early 1990s.Ex private American collection; thence by descent.Private collection since 1998; Acquired at auction, UK, February 2023


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An aqua coloured amphoriskos with an elongated piriform shape and tubular neck with everted rim, handles and knop foot applied using a contrasting aubergine-coloured glass; decorative white trails and festooning to the body and neck.

Amphorae are small, elliptical-shaped vessels, usually with two handles facing each other and a minimal base. This type of vessel was used for perfumes and ointments, and its exquisiteness and the purchasing power of its users are remarkable, as it was something that not all the population could afford.

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