A very rare, unusually well formed, beautiful green glass Aryballos, dating to the 1st -2nd Century A.D.
The free-blown Aryballos with round body, slightly flattened base, short cylindrical neck and thick, folded rim. Two applied dolphin strap handles bilaterally, folded downwards and upwards at the neck.
The Aryballos was an ancient container used for storing oil. Vessels such as this were worn by Ancient Roman athletes and used in cleansing of the skin, as described by Herrmann and Kondoleon:
After exercising, the athletes stripped off the oily, dirty, sweaty, and often bloody mess using a metal scraper - called a stlengis in Greek, but better known by its Latin name, strigil. The oils were kept in long alabastra or small round aryballoi, which have been found in glass, bronze and ceramic versions. Athletes typically carried these from a strap wrapped around their wrists.1
Measurements: Height: 9 cm - Diameter: 7.8 cm - Height on stand: 14 cm
Condition: Intact as shown
Found in Samaria north of Jerusalem, Israel
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