Photo © IMJ, by David Harris, Peter Lanyi, Zev Radovan, Nahum Slapak, Mariana Zalzberger
Amphoriskos
Eastern Mediterranean
2nd–1st century BCE
Dark green(?) almost black glass, core-formed
H: 16.3; Diam: 4.8 cm
Gift of Judith and Gerson Leiber, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 95.41.62
 
 
Bottles such as this one, made in imitation of Greek pottery and metalware, belong to a new series of core-formed vessels decorated with glass threads (trails), which were first manufactured in Rhodes and later throughout the Mediterranean. They served as elegant containers for Rhodes’s famous perfumes and oils.

Publications:
Israeli, Yael, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum: The Eliahu Dobkin Collection and Other Gifts, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, 2003, English / Hebrew

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir