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Aryballos, 3rd–4th century

This is a Aryballos. It is dated 3rd–4th century and we acquired it in 1958. Its medium is blown and drawn glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Glass, essentially a mixture of soda, silica, and lime, can be colored through the addition of metals or other materials. Glass makers of the classical Roman era knew that aquamarine blue could be achieved by adding copper, and a deep blue, as in this vessel, with cobalt.

This object was purchased from Mr. Hooshang Motamed. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Marie Torrance Hadden.

  • Vase
  • enamel.
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1949-151-20

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Its dimensions are

Overall: 9.8 x 6 cm (3 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Aryballos, 3rd–4th century; blown and drawn glass; Overall: 9.8 x 6 cm (3 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Marie Torrance Hadden; 1958-26-3

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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