Amphoriskos with Core

Object Name: 
Amphoriskos with Core

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Object Name: 
Amphoriskos with Core
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
78.4.55
Dimensions: 
300300(a) Amphoriskos H: 10.5 cm, Diam: 5.1 cm; (b) Original Core H: 9.8 cm, Diam: 3.9 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
about 1978
Credit Line: 
Gift of Wilfrid Laurier University
Primary Description: 
Amphoriskos with Core. Turquoise blue, yellow, white glass, clay; dragged design, hand-molded.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Wilfrid Laurier University, Source
Material: 
A Wonder to Behold: The Power of Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate
Venue(s)
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World 2019-11-06 through 2020-05-24
"A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of the Ishtar Gate at Babylon" will examine the skilled and ritually transformative power of craftsman in the ancient Near East through the lens of the Ishtar Gate. Built by Nebuchadnezzar II (ruled 604 -- 562 B.C.) as a monumental entry way into the capital city of Babylon, the Ishtar Gate is composed of individually molded, colorful glazed ceramic bricks. Technologies of glaze and glass were intricately linked at this time, with the materials and their craftsman consider the most magical or alchemical for their ability to transform mundane raw materials of clay and sand into luminous objects. Along with surviving pieces of the Ishtar Gate and archival materials from its excavation, the exhibition will feature inscribed, stamped, and glazed bricks, clay and glass figurines, ancient glass objects, materials in their raw forms, and examples of modern craft traditions of mudbrick and glass.