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Phoenician core-formed glass amphoriskos, 2nd-1st century B.C.

Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Vitreous paste
Dimensions:  15 cm
Provenance:  C. Bea´s collection, Barcelona / Archaeological Gallery, Spain, 2017
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)


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This ovoid-bodied amphoriskos has a cylindrical neck, an exvessel-shaped mouth with a protruding rim, and oval-shaped handles that connect the neck to the shoulder. The decoration of amphoriskos consists of a series of yellow glass threads that stand out against the blue of the vessel. These small amphoriskos are small-scale replicas of Greek amphorae. Many of these perfume containers had a funerary use as offerings in tombs.

The Phoenician civilization is chronologically situated between 1200 and 330 B.C., located in the narrow strip of the Mediterranean between Syria and Palestine. The Phoenicians maintained contacts with all the states and empires of their territorial environment, hence it was a coveted place as a strategic and commercial enclave. In addition, its geographical position meant that they had an important maritime vocation.

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