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Amphoriskos (Storage Vessel)

Late Antique
4th century - 5th century
Glass

7 7/8 x 1 1/2 x 1/4 in. (20 x 3.8 x 0.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: G.90
Geography: Asia (Syro-Palestine)
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Amphorae
Culture/Nationality: Roman

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  • amphoriskoi - Small pointed-neck amphorae used for scented oil (perfume).
  • glass - An amorphous, inorganic substance made by fusing silica (silicon dioxide) with a basic oxide; generally transparent but often translucent or opaque. Its characteristic properties are its hardness and rigidity at ordinary temperatures, its capacity for plastic working at elevated temperatures, and its resistance to weathering and to most chemicals except hydrofluoric acid. Used for both utilitarian and decorative purposes, it can be formed into various shapes, colored or decorated. Glass originated as a glaze in Mesopotamia in about 3500 BCE and the first objects made wholly of glass date to about 2500 BCE.
  • Late Antique - Refers to the period in history and the style of art that developed after Severan rule in the Roman Empire. It includes the period when Diocletian shared his power in a Tetrarchy and the subsequent period marked by the conversion of Constantine and the Empire to Christianity. This period overlaps with the Early Christian and Early Byzantine periods.
  • Roman - Refers broadly to the period, styles, and culture of the state centered on the city of Rome from the period from the founding of the city ca. 700 BCE through the events leading to the founding of the republic in 509 BCE, the establishment of the empire in 27 BCE, and the final eclipse of the Empire of the West in the 5th century CE. Ancient Rome became a powerful force and supplanted Greek and Etruscan influence on the Apennine peninsula. Its rule and influence gradually encompassed a wide area in Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Minor. Its influence was wide in scope, including sculpture, painting, architecture, engineering, language, the road system, law, and many other areas of culture. Roman art and architecture is characterized by early derivations from Greek art and architecture, but it gradually developed into a style of its own, absorbing characteristics of styles from the far flung regions under its control.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Conservation: A Permanent Part of a Permanent Collection Bryn Mawr College , Sep 1, 2012 – Dec 1, 2012
  • Shifting Sands: Roman Glass in the Bryn Mawr College Collections Bryn Mawr College , Oct 15, 2007 – May 30, 2008

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