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Double cosmetic tube (balsamarium)

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Double tube; tripartite basket handle. Thin coil trailed around body; thicker threads applied as vertical bands at four corners. Pale green. Intact.


By date unknown: with Azeez Khayat, New York (according to the MFA Register of Glass: said to have come from the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean); November 1901: purchased by MFA from Azeez Khayat for $ 272.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 01.7446-01.7451)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Byzantine, Early Byzantine Period, 5th–6th century A.D.


Height: 24.6 cm (9 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Glass, free-blown with applied handles and decoration


The Ancient World