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Double cosmetic tube (balsamarium)

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Double balsamarium, originally decorated with zig-zag of glass thread around mouth. Handle and almost all decoration broken away. Dark blue-green glass with iridescence.


From a collection formed in Egypt in the early 20th century, probably by Reginald Godfrey Peckitt, Esq, formerly of the Egyptian State Railways; by 1961: Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt Collection, 1826 24th Street, N.W., Washington 8, D.C.; gift of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt to MFA, December 13, 1961

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Gift of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt

Roman or Byzantine, Late Imperial or Early Byzantine Period, about 4th century A.D.


Height (as preserved): 12.7 cm (5 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Glass, blown with applied decoration


The Ancient World