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LATE ROMAN DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 11, 2016

DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM of  Hans van Rossum

LATE ROMAN DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM

 4th – 5th century AD. Eastern Mediterranean, Syro-Palestinian area

 Size↑10.6 cm | ø 5.7 cm | Weight 58 g

 

Technique: Free blown, thread and handles applied, tooled

Description: Transparent bluish-green glass, two tubular phials, bulging in the middle of the bodies. Heavy rim folded outward and inward. Starting at the top a thin thread  wound anticlockwise with approximately eleven revolutions. Two small angular side-handles, applied on top of shoulder and attached to neck in a fold. Base flattened, the rough snapped off rest of the pontil makes this double balsamarium leans slightly forward.

view of base the LATER ROMAN DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM

See pontil mark above

Condition: Intact, iridescence and incrustation on the back and the inside

Remarks: Double balsamaria or Kohl tubes with two compartments were made by squeezing an elongated bubble in such a way that the sides touched lengthwise.  A shallow channel on one side of the finished vessel (the ”back”) corresponds to a deep cleavage on the other side (the ”front”). Apparently, ancient glass blowers pressed both sides simultaneously. This type is rare, only two identical examples are known. The way  in which the glass blower squeezed the glass bubble is very well visible.

Provenance: Ancient Resource LLC, Montrose CA, USA, auction 28 September 2013 lot 263, Ex Property from the Estate of Dr. Ivan Jeanne Weiler, Urbana, Illinois USA 1960s

Reference: Archaeological Center Tel Aviv, auction 46, 20 January 2010 lot 140, The Gershon Bineth Collection of Ancient Glass.Sotheby’s London, 13 -14 July 1981 lot 424 Eretz Israel Museum – the Glass Pavilion – Tel Aviv for an identical example

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  1. joop vandergroen said, on May 11, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Dag Hans,

    Toen ik jouw boek er bij pakte om te zien of je in de tekst nog iets gewijzigd had viel mij op dat jij zo veel dubbelbalsamaria hebt: 8. (Ik had dat niet in mijn hoofd zitten.) Behalve dat de twee van HVR 089 identiek van vorm en decoratie zijn, zijn de andere inderdaad allemaal verschillend.

    Daar tegenover heb je slechts 1 kohl tube (wel een heel mooie!). Dus daar ligt nog een en ander te wachten op jou.

    HVR 088 noem jij een uguent bottle maar is dat eigenlijk ook geen kohl tube?

    Groet,

    Joop.

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