Kohl Container

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

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique.

Date:

5th/6th century AD

Artist:

Byzantine; Eastern Mediterranean

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.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 153

Artist

Byzantine

Title

Kohl Container

Origin

Palestine

Date

401 AD–600 AD

Medium

Glass, blown technique

Dimensions

32.3 × 10.2 × 8.1 cm (12 3/4 × 4 × 3 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.425

Extended information about this artwork

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