Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Glass cosmetic flask (kohl tube)

Late Imperial
4th century A.D.
Roman, Syrian
Glass, bronze; blown and trailed
Overall: 5 9/16in. (14.1cm)
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.382a, b
Not on view
Colorless with pale green tinge; foot, handles, and trail in same color.
Broad, horizontal rim folded out, over, and in; cylindrical neck, joining imperceptibly with slender, piriform body; applied conical foot, with folded tubular edge; deep kick in bottom and pontil mark; two rod handles applied in claw pads to neck, drawn up and out, and then turned in and pressed onto lip of rim.
Single fine trail applied as a pad on lower body, drawn up and wound in a spiral twenty-one times around body and neck, ending under one of the handles.
Complete, but crack in neck and upper body, and some parts of trail missing; some bubbles; dulling, slight pitting, thick creamy brown weathering, and limy encrustation.
Associated with the flask is a small bronze spatula, suitable for spooning the contents out of the deep flask.
Said to be from Syria

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