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Aryballos (Container for Oil) with Chain

A work made of glass, blown technique; bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique; bronze.

Date:

late 1st-2nd century

Artist:

Roman; Nazareth (now Israel)

About this artwork

Vessels of this sort were used to hold cosmetic oil and were standard accessories for Roman bathing. The bronze chains looped around the user’s wrist. In the absence of soap, oil was rubbed onto the skin, and then scraped off with a strigil, an instrument with a curved, blunt blade.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Aryballos (Container for Oil) with Chain

Origin

Syria

Date

50 CE–150 CE

Medium

Glass, blown technique; bronze

Dimensions

7.4 × 7.5 × 7.5 cm (2 7/8 × 3 × 3 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1947.934

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