Archetipo / Perfume Phial


Archetipo is a perfume phial inspired by a tessellatum mosaic from the XII century in the Basilica di Santa Maria e Donato – Murano Venice, showing a couple of peacocks the symbol of immortality and sanctity.

The design of the phial calls to mind the “cantaro” (a wine goblet from the ancient Greek tradition), symbol of the divine grace, from which the peacocks drink. Archetipo is closely tied with Murano, its ancient history and its artistic glass.

The phial is made of shaded blowed glass, one of the most traditional Murano techniques. The deep amethyst color fades into a transparent crystal.


Made in Murano 
by Matteo Tagliapietra
inspired by the mosaics
of Basilica di Murano




Archetipo is a unique piece made for the exhibition “New Dialogues between glass and perfume” organized by Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia (Venice Museums Foundation) in Palazzo Mocenigo the Museum of Textiles and Perfume.

Twelve designers were matched to as many masters (Murano glass blowers) in order to create phials for an exclusive collection of perfumes made in Venice by Mavive – The Merchant of Venice.

Archetipo was made by the master Matteo Tagliapietra, member of Promovetro, in Murano for the perfume “Oudelight”, a mystical and deep fragrance with spicy accord of saffron, nutmeg, and cinnamon, suitably merged with an accord of oud, incense, and vetiver.