A very fine amphoriskos with arched handles applied from the shoulder to just below the rim. The clear glass is decorated with beautiful gilding on the lower half of the body. The rounded base of the vessel ends in a tip of clear glass.
The amphoriskos (literally, little amphora) is a miniature of the amphora, a popular shape used throughout antiquity, and designed to store and transport small quantities of valuable cosmetic products such as oils, perfumes or cosmetics. The form closely resembles that of the wine amphorae, of which this is a miniature imitation and a luxury version of the mass produced clay examples.
Dimensions:Height: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm)
Condition: The vessel is intact with remains of gold gilding, the inside contains a small amount of green pigment, bone fragment probably from the original applicator.
Provenance: with Gawain McKinley, London, obtained by Mr. Fernando Torres, Lisbon, in 1971 and thereafter acquired by Mr. Jose de Albuquerque, Lisbon, in 1994. The accompanying invoice was issued to Mr. Albuquerque by Mr. Torres upon request between 1999-2000.