Glass cosmetic flask (kohl tube)

Roman, Syrian

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.

Glass cosmetic flask (kohl tube), Glass, bronze, Roman, Syrian

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.