KOHL (COSMETIC) TUBE
LATE ROMAN GLASS KOHL (COSMETIC) TUBE of Hans van Rossum
5th century AD | Eastern Mediterranean, Syro-Palestinian area
Size↑18.0 cm | ø 5.9 cm (base) | Weight 118 g
Technique: Free blown, handles, foot and thread applied; tooled
Description: Transparent yellowish green glass, conical body, widening at the base. Wide mouth, hollow rim folding inward, base tooled to form a hollow tubular base disk. Looped coil decoration, adding to sides of tube, approximately four times, one of the looped handles with a white thread in vertical direction. A basket handle applied on the top looped coil, started with a drop of glass, drawn up making an arch and ending in a fold on the other side of the tube. A white thread wound around the body in approximately fifteen revolutions. Rest of pontil mark.
Condition: Intact, perfect condition
Remarks: The kohl tube is not only the most common Syro-Palestinian glass vessel but also an excellent example of the changing fashion trends during the Early Byzantine period. Over time, the kohl tube gradually became taller and heavier. The glass blower added more trails and coils.
Provenance: Amsterdam art market, Kunsthandel Zilverberg 2004
Collection Jaap Polak Amsterdam, Collection Jacques Schulman Amsterdam
Published: Vormen uit Vuur no. 220 (2013), p. 19
Romeins Glas uit particulier bezit, J. van der Groen & H. van Rossum 2011, p. 75
De Oude Flesch, no. 124, 2011, p. 15
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, no. 135 29 April – 28 August 2011
Reference: Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, N. Kunina no. 414 for an identical example, Verres Antiques et de l’Islam, Ancienne Collection de Monsieur D(emeulenaere) no. 438, Shining Vessels, Fortuna Fine Arts Ltd. no. 174 for an identical example