Silk Road Collection


  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • 6th-4th century BC
  • glass
  • H11.3×W7.5cm

Yellow and aqua-colored bands of glass were wrapped around the dark blue base color, and then scratched to create a zigzag pattern. This decoration is typical of core-formed glass, and it is thought to have been used as a container for expensive perfumed oil. This type of the vessel is called an oenochoe, a Greek pitcher with one handle and has a trefoil (three-lobed) spout.