About this artwork
In the ancient world, glass containers were used to store cosmetics, including scented oils and kohl, a mineral compound used to dramatic effect to darken eyelids and eyelashes. Multicompartment kohl containers like this one were formed when a hollow tube of glass was folded in half, thereby creating two tubular containers from one. Over time, the appearance of these vessels became more elaborate and whimsical.
- Kohl Container
- 401 AD–600 AD
- Glass, blown technique
- 32.3 × 10.2 × 8.1 cm (12 3/4 × 4 × 3 3/16 in.)
- Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson