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Glass ligula (ear pick)

1st century A.D. or later
Glass; drawn, twisted, and tooled
H.: 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent greenish yellow, with applied bowl in same color.
Long rod as handle with square cross section in middle and spirally twisted at both ends; a small circular, almost flat bowl applied at one end.
Broken at one end with point missing; iridescent weathering.

Similar implements, often described as cosmetic spoons, were made in metal and bone; some examples are also displayed in Gallery 171, Case 17.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 1011, p. 138, pl. 175.25, Paris.

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