Roman Double Cosmetic Glass Tube

SKU BB.1618
Circa

4th Century AD – 6th Century AD

Dimensions

6.1″ (15.5cm) high

Medium

Glass

Origin

Bethlehem

Gallery Location

UK


 

The body is in the shape of two tube connected by a common wall and a flat base. Two handles rise from the middle of the body to the rim, where they are linked by a basket handle. The decoration consists of a green trail applied on the body of the cosmetic tube.

Vessels such as this were believed to have been used to store and apply kohl-eye makeup. The fact that they consist of two tubes meant that they could have been used to store two different colours of makeup. The long tube meant that a spatula could have been inserted

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