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Core-formed Perfume Bottle (Amphoriskos)

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 BC 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.

Core-formed Perfume Bottle (Amphoriskos)
Archaic period, 6th century BC
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm), diam. (body) 1 15/16 in. (5.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 76.35.69