Amphoriskos or Jar

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Object Name: 
Amphoriskos or Jar
Accession Number: 
58.1.40
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 14.6 cm; Shoulder Diam: 5.8 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
125-1 BC
Primary Description: 
Translucent yellow-green glass, bubbly, patches of silvery iridescence on surface, trails of opaque white and opaque yellow glass; core-formed, trail decorated and tooled. Rounded rim, slightly flared out from neck by tooling, long cylindrical neck spreads out into wide shoulder and down into ovoid body; heavy trail of yellow applied at top of rim and wound around entire vessel twenty-nine times almost to the base, a white trail is applied at the base of the neck and wound around shoulder and entire body twenty times, all trails are marvered into the surface and a wide register around the body has been decorated by dragging the trails upward unevenly some thirty-five times; two opposing heavy trails of glass are applied at shoulder and pulled up above the rim to form high swung handles then down and attached to the neck below the rim; a blob of similar glass is applied at the base to form a prominent button.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Kouchakji, Fahim, Source
1958-12-30
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 3; BIB# 67749
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 131, #271; BIB# 29547
Glass terminology: a German-English Glossary (1967) illustrated, pl. I (left); BIB# 59459
Treasures in Glass (1966) p. 15, #5; BIB# 28036