Fragment of Amphoriskos

Object Name: 
Fragment of Amphoriskos

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Object Name: 
Fragment of Amphoriskos
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Overall H: 4.9 cm; Shoulder D: 3.9 cm
Not on Display
25 BCE-99 CE
Primary Description: 
Translucent dark blue and opaque white glasses; blown and tooled, handles applied and cut, body cased, cut and engraved. Neck and shoulder of amphoriskos; short everted rim; narrow neck descends vertically to tooled offset, then curves downward and outward to shoulder; slender body with slightly tapering side. Opaque white handles attached to lower and upper parts of neck, then cut with vertical groove. Body, but not neck, cased with opaque white glass, cut and engraved. One side only survives: two men stand back to back, facing handles. They have hair or headdresses with tight curls, and facial features which indicate that they are Egyptians. Man facing left carries long-eared animal (possibly young gazelle or antelope) on left shoulder; man facing right carries animal with long tail, also on left shoulder.
Sangiorgi, Giorgio (Italian, 1886-1965), Former Collection
Sangiorgi, Sergio (Italian), Source
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking
Corning Museum of Glass 1982-05-01 through 1982-10-31
Cameo glass, one of the most costly and difficult decorating techniques since first century B.C., is documented and illustrated in this catalog. Included are examples from Rome, Islam, and China, as well as English 19th-century masterpieces by John Northwood and George Woodall among others. For the purposes of this catalog, the term “cameo glass” is used to refer to cased glass objects with two or more differently colored layers. The outer layer is usually an opaque or opalescent white, and the outer layer or layers have been carved in to leave the decoration standing in relief against a body of contrasting color. Shading is produced by thinning down the carved layer; highlights are created where the glass is left thickest. Both this catalog, and the exhibition for which it was created, documents the 2000-year cameo glass tradition.
Egypt in Italy (2015) illustrated, p.56; BIB# 143849
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One (1997) p. 57, #58A-B; p. 329, #58; BIB# 58895
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 24, 101, #9; BIB# 30609