Hellenistic Glass Core-Formed Amphoriskos

£ 3,500.00

A finely modelled Greek Hellenistic sand core formed glass amphoriskos of brownish colour with a white dragged zigzag pattern to the body and spirals to the neck and the terminal. This beautiful item features iridescence and the decoration is present over the whole artefact, which displays a smooth surface.

Date: Circa 3rd-1st century BC
Condition: Fine. Repairs to the handles.
Product Code: GS-09
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This form is typical for the Eastern Mediterranean area and Hellenistic period. The core formed or sand core glass vessels were created when a core of sand, mud or clay was formed around the end of a metal rod. Molten glass was then trailed onto the core to form the body of the vessel and decorative threads of contrasting colours were applied and dragged into various patterns, such as feathers or zigzag designs.

To learn more about glass in Antiquity, visit our relevant post: How It Was Made: Roman Glass.


Dimensions W 6.6 x H 14.8 cm

Southern Europe


Sand Core

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 74.51.320.

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