This small glass fragment from Amarna demonstrates the quality of 18th Dynasty glassmaking as well as some of the rich colors available to the craftsmen. It comprises a body of opaque turquoise glass, decorated with trails of opaque white, dark blue and yellow marvered into the surface and carefully dragged into a festooned pattern.
Originally from a core-formed amphoriskos whereby the clay or dung core was fashioned over a metal rod. Glass was probably trailed or pulled onto the core by means of a second tool, then marvered or smoothed on a flat surface. Trails of contrasting color were wound onto the vessel and marvered smooth. Afterwards, the trails were dragged up or down in a feather or festoon pattern with pointed instruments. Handles, feet and rims were fashioned from trails of glass and added to the form. The finished vessel was removed from the rod and annealed. Finally, the core was scraped out and the vessel ready to be used.
Dimensions: 13/16 x 3/8 x 15/16 in. (2.1 x 1 x 2.4 cm)
Condition: Fragment as described, in good condition overall.
Provenance: Private NY collection with earlier collection number: B452 on reverse, on loan to the Michael C. Carlos museum, Emory University 2010 - 2015, loan number: L2010.007.001