Core Formed Glass Aryballos with a Mother-of-Pearl Iridescence

Culture: Greek
Period: 6th-5th century B.C.
Material: Glass
Dimensions: 6.5 cm high
Price: 4 600 Euro
Ref: 2439
Provenance: From the private collection of the French archaeologist Louis-Gabriel Bellon (1819-1899). For over 120 years in the family estate.
Condition: A very minor chip on the applied glass thread on the rim, otherwise intact.
Description: Opaque, blue glass with a spherical corpus, short neck and funnel-shaped rim. Yellow and white decorative threads are coiled up on the shoulder and on the lower part of the corpus, in between several rows of wavy applied decorative threads. The handles on the shoulder are separately worked out and applied and are called dolphin eyelet handles due to their curved form. On the rim a yellow glass thread. Due to the thick iridescence the aryballos has a wonderfully shimmering mother-of-pearl surface. Aryballoi, formed around a core and once filled with precious essences, were set on a stand. Mounted.