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Core-Formed Perfume Bottle (Amphoriskos)

Culture Greek
Title Core-Formed Perfume Bottle (Amphoriskos)
Date 600–500 BCE
Medium Glass
Dimensions Overall: 3 3/8 x 7/16 in. (8.6 x 1.2 cm)
Overall1 (body): 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm)
Overall2 (lip): 13/16 in. (2.1 cm)
Credit Line Burton Y. Berry Collection, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 76.35.69

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Glass was an expensive luxury material in ancient times before the glass-blowing technique made glass production more economical in the Roman period. This perfume vessel from the sixth century BCE was created using the older core-form technique and demonstrates the time-consuming production process. The artisan who made this amphoriskos wrapped a layer of molten glass around a ceramic form, and slowly manipulated the shape while turning the heated glass on a rod. He added the handles and then incorporated the vibrant patterns by incorporating different colored rods of glass over the form.

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