Aryballos (Container for Oil) with Chain

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

Date:

late 1st/2nd century AD

Artist:

Roman

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.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Aryballos (Container for Oil) with Chain

Origin

Syria

Date

50 AD–150 AD

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

Extended information about this artwork

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