About this artwork
Byzantine glassmakers refined the techniques they inherited from their Roman predecessors, creating objects with increasingly elaborate forms and complex decorative elements to flaunt their skills. Cosmetic containers like this one were often adorned with fine strands (trails) of glass that required a steady hand and rapid execution, while other vessels look quite complex yet were easily made. Glass continued to be used in objects of personal adornment such as jewelry, both as a material in its own right and to imitate precious stones, offering more affordable options for what was in fashion.
- Kohl Container
- 401 CE–600 CE
- 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