3 June 2009
PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
AN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN CORE-FORMED GLASS AMPHORISKOS
CIRCA LATE 6TH-5TH CENTURY B.C.
Cobalt blue in color, the ovoid body with rounded shoulders, a cylindrical neck and inward-sloping rim, with applied opaque yellow and white marvered threads wound spirally and tooled into a zigzag pattern, applied yellow threads below, yellow on the rim, twin cobalt blue vertical handles and a base knob
2¾ in. (7 cm.) high
H. J. Lutcher Stark, acquired 1927-1929.
Nelda C. & H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1965.
Robert Willson and Margaret Pace Willson, 1986.
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