Amphoriskos (Cosmetic Bottle)

Object Name: 
Amphoriskos (Cosmetic Bottle)

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Object Name: 
Amphoriskos (Cosmetic Bottle)
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 11.8 cm, D: 6 cm, Diam (max): 5.3 cm; Rim Diam (max): 3.5 cm
Not on Display
probably 1400-1300 BCE
Credit Line: 
The Corning Museum of Glass
Primary Description: 
Amphoriskos (Cosmetic Bottle). Opaque deep blue glass matrix, applied trails of opaque white, opaque yellow, opaque light blue, some pinprick bubbles near surface, one large bubble cavity on shoulder, pitted surface is somewhat dull; core-formed, trail-decorated, tooled. (Rounded rim is flattened and thickened, tapers in to almost cylindrical neck, glass was added to form rim before alternating trails of opaque yellow and white were wound on rim and neck thirteen times; heavier trail of opaque turquoise applied on edge of rim after it was decorated by marvering of the trails into the surface and dragging them upward twelve times with a pointed tool and formed. Vessel wall curves out and down forming a tapering ovoid body with greatest diameter at shoulder; an opaque white trail applied below shoulder is wound fifteen times around body; two opaque yellow trails divide the body into three roughly equal sections, all trails are marvered into surface and dragged upward seventeen times at roughly 1 cm. intervals; a single trail of opaque light blue circles the lower section of the body; all trail decoration is marvered into surface; four small loop handles, all broken away, were added to the shoulder after the vessel was decorated; the base is formed by tooling the bottom of the vessel and adding glass, there is some restoration on the foot which makes this area difficult to study.
Steuben Glass, Inc., Source
A Wonder to Behold: The Power of Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate
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.
Treasures in Glass
Allentown Art Museum 1966 through 1966
Ancient and Islamic Glass: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2019) illustrated, pp. 22-23;
Zhongguo gu dai bo li qi min = Chinese ancient glass (2018) illustrated, p. 48 (fig. 2-6);
The illustrated encyclopedia of glass (2011) illustrated, p. 81 (center); BIB# 128671
For Milady's Dressing Table: Scent Bottles & Accessories (2006-06) illustrated, p. 9; BIB# AI71266
Understanding Materials Science: History, Properties, Applications (2004) illustrated, pl. 15.2; p. 302; BIB# 81581
The Encyclopedia of Glass (2001) illustrated, p. 75 (center); BIB# 69319
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 24 (lower); BIB# 77736
Lobmeyr 1823: Helles Glas un klares Licht (1998) illustrated, p. 189; BIB# 58172
Chihuly Persians (1996) p. 8; BIB# 36556
Le cristal: les arts de la table (1994) p. 11; BIB# 35917
Images, Objects and Ideas: Viewing the Visual Arts (1992) illustrated, p. 269, #352; BIB# 43533
Das Glas in der Antike (1992) p. 146;
Fran Mesopotamien till medeltid (1990-01) pp. 7, 43, ill.; BIB# AI25904
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 15, #3; p. 18; BIB# 33211
Stained Glass: Jewels of Light (1988) illustrated, p. 17; BIB# 59584
Ejiputo no kodai garasu (1985) illustrated, p. 95 (VII-9) b/w; p. 27 (2a-9) color; BIB# 86735
Corning Glass Works-Present and Past (1984) illustrated, p. 48;
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 14, #3; BIB# 21161
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 53, #11, pl. 2; BIB# 29547
Treasures in Glass (1966) illustrated, pp. 14-15, #2; BIB# 28036
Glass (1966) illustrated, frontispiece; BIB# 119578
The Corning Glass Center (1959) illustrated, p. 7 (inset); BIB# 99843
The Corning Glass Center (1958) illustrated, p. 7 (inset);
The Corning Glass Center (1958) illustrated, p. 7 (inset); BIB# 26395
Two Hundred Years of American Blown Glass (Doubleday edition) (1950) pp. 174-175, pl. 27, #3; BIB# 25299