During the Roman period, vessels were made in great quantity and manufactured in diverse materials, including glass, pottery, stone and metal. Metal-based vessels were usually manufactured from copper alloys, widely available in the ancient Mediterranean. The properties of bronze allowed vessels to be manufactured by either casting or hammering, thus enabling a relatively fast production. Amphoriskoi were delicate flasks used primarily to store oil and expensive perfume. Normally produced in glass, these vessels are occasionally found in bronze.
Ancient Roman Bronze Lidded Amphoriskos
An exceptional Ancient Roman bronze lidded aryballosos featuring a baluster-shaped body with short neck and collar rim. The vessel stands on a slightly spayed tubular foot; underneath, a concave base is decorated by concentric rings and a central knob. Two twin handles with palmette finials rise from the shoulders and attach to the rim. A suspension loop features at the top of each handle with a linked chain raising to two central attachment rings. A third suspension chain is attached to the same rings and holds the lid, decorated with circular grooves and raised bands. Green, blue and brown patination remains on the surface. A few minor dents to the body.
Condition: Fine condition, a few minor dents to the body.