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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 214

    A ROMAN MARBLED WHITE AND PALE GREEN GLASS AMPHORISKOS

    CIRCA 14-80 A.D.

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    Estimate

    A ROMAN MARBLED WHITE AND PALE GREEN GLASS AMPHORISKOS
    CIRCA 14-80 A.D.
    The semi-opaque ovoid body with opaque white marbling, the cylindrical neck with inward-folded rim, with splayed foot and concave base, the elegantly looped opaque white twin-handles applied at shoulder and under rim
    4 ¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high


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    Vessels of this form seem to have originated in the Tiberian-Claudian period, and enjoyed a brief but widespread popularity until around 80 A.D. Whitehouse notes they are "usually found in relatively rich graves" in Italy and the surrounding Western provinces (1997, p. 167). See no. 293 in this publication for a very similar semi-opaque white bottle, but with deep blue twin handles.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1987.