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Collection record [refid 31]
agent unknown (Greek (ancient) glass workers)
culturalContext Greek (ancient)
date Late 6th-5th century BCE (inclusive)
description Four blown or core-formed glass vessels grouped together to illustrate classic Greek vessel shapes: the aryballos, alabastron, amphoriskos, and oinochoe. This grouping, all made of glass and small in scale, denotes the use of all of these to hold scented oils and perfumes for grooming. The small aryballos form is a spherical subtype (plural aryballoi). The alabastron (plural alabastra) was typically carried by a cord, since the bottom is rounded. The form originated in Egypt, where they were frequently made from alabaster, hence the name. The amphoriskos (plural amphoriskoi) and the oinochoe are miniatures of the larger amphorae and pitcher forms used for wine and olive oil.
Art and Architecture Thesaurus [scope notes]; (accessed 6/1/2009) [description source]
location Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York, United States)
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881 (81.10.315); Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.194.780); Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.194.781); Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.194.791); Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.194.792) [location note]
material glass
source Core 4 Sample Database (VCat)
stylePeriod Classical
subject decorative arts; cultural artifacts; utilitarian objects; perfume; grooming
technique glassblowing
title Collection showing Greek vessel forms [descriptive, true, en]
Four glass vessels [repository, false, en]
worktype furnishings; containers (receptacles); vessels (containers)
image courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art
Image record [refid 134]
description Colored glass decoration was applied by combing and trailing; glass of a different color was worked onto the molten core, which was then either blown or molded (core-formed) into shape.
measurements 18 MB
relation [imageOf 31, Core 4 Sample Database (VCat)]
rights The Metropolitan Museum of Art
source VRA Data Standards Committee, Core 4 Sample Records [href]
Metropolitan Museum of Art [website]; [source of image]
technique digital imaging
title Left to right; aryballos, alabastron, amphoriskos, oinochoe
worktype digital image
Last modified October 9, 2014