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Double costmetic tube (balsamarium)

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Double tube, each with rounded base and tubular rim. Applied coils around the body; zigzag trails from shoulder to rim. Uncertain color. Some damage to trailed decoration; covered with bluish iridescence.


According to the MFA Register of Glass: by date unknown: with Daniel L. Noorian (one of a group of glass vessels, 94.192-94.203. from various sites in Phoenicia); date unknown: purchased from Daniel L. Noorian by Mrs. S. D. Warren; gift of Mrs. S .D. Warren to MFA, November 21, 1894

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren

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


Height: 11.6 cm (4 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Glass, free-blown with applied decoration


The Ancient World