- Museum number
Core-formed glass amphoriskos.
Opaque white and opaque orange trails, translucent cobalt blue body and handles.
Broad, inward-sloping rim-disc, tool-marks on upper and under surfaces; tallish, cylindrical neck joining sloping shoulder in obtuse-angled curve; tall, ovoid body; base-knob with convex edge, flat on under-side. Two vertical handles, round or oval in section dropped on shoulder, drawn up and folded inward to junction of rim and neck. Tooled groove at angle of neck and shoulder, body-bulge lower down than usual.
Unmarvered white trail round edge of lip. Another marvered, dropped on at neck and wound down in continuous spiral, mostly in straight revolutions, to near base-knob. At carination a thick orange trail joins this and both are combed into zigzags for four revolutions, one orange and three white. Twofold white trail on base-knob.
Formed on a core; rim-disc, handles and base-knob drawn on and tooled; trails drawn on, marvered (except on lip) and combed. Original core-formed lip visible on inner edge of rim-disc, but does not protrude above it.
- Production date
Diameter: 1.30 centimetres (base-knob)
Diameter: 5 centimetres (body)
Height: 9.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
For colours and trail-pattern cf. the alabastron, BM Glass 116.
Attributed to Fikellura grave 128, based on evidence from Biliotti's marking on the object (grave number on label), Biliotti's Kamiros diary, Kamiros tomb list, British Museum register, departmental Kamiros index card. Description in Biliotti's Kamiros diary: Glass phiale blue with yellow stripes (1 entire).
Attributions to find-spots are based on (1) Alfred Biliotti’s diary kept during excavations at Kamiros between November 1863 and June 1864, which records the contents of two votive deposits and over 300 graves; (2) entries in the Museum Register, often stipulating the find-spots of individual objects excavated by Biliotti; (3) the Kamiros tomb list, produced around the same time as his entries in the Museum Register. It lists the contents of each grave and votive deposit, along with their corresponding registration numbers; (4) the Kamiros index cards, written by Donald Bailey in the 1960’s. These mainly record the contents of graves from the Fikellura cemetery and are organised according to tomb group. All archives are kept in the Department of Greece and Rome. In addition, Reynold Higgins’ Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1954) has been checked for attributions to the Fikellura cemetery.
- Not on display
- Breaks; some bits missing on shoulder and on one handle. Milky film with iridescence in patches, but vessel elsewhere retains pristine sheen.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: DBH.0168 (Harden number)
Other BM number: 1936,0718.1 (C&E dept. deleted duplicate)