Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 7, 2012

RIBBED AMPHORISKOS of  Hans van Rossum



1st century AD | Roman Empire

Size↑8.5 cm | ø 3.7 cm | Weight 26 g

Technique Free blown, ribs pinched

Description: Transparent pale green glass miniature amphora, pointed ovoid body with eight sharp ribs, a slightly bulbous lower section drawn out at the bottom into a point. Cylindrical neck. Two handles applied on the shoulder, drawn up and attached to the edge of the rim at right angles. No pontil mark.

Condition: Intact and rare, some incrustation; flakes of iridescence

Remarks: This item, made as an amphora with even a pointed bottom, is rare and probably unique.
Provenance: Collection C.A. Hessing, Laren (NL) 1998, formed in the 1990s, collection number 67

Published: Antiek Glas, de Kunst van het Vuur, R. van Beek no. 107
Magazine Origine (NL) no. 6, January – February 1997

Exhibited: Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam (NL), de Kunst van het Vuur 17 May – 16 September 2001, no. 107

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