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Ointment Bottle

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
5th–8th century
Geography:
Syria, Haman
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) Diam. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1900
Accession Number:
00.13.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
Its small size and elegant manufacture suggest that this bottle may have been used to carry oils or ointments to the public baths. The patterns of concentric circles may have been intended to protect the owner from evil.
[ Azeez Khayat, New York, until 1900; sold to MMA]
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