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ROMAN COSMETIC FLASK WITH BASKET HANDLE

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 26, 2017

COSMETIC FLASK WITH BASKET HANDLE

The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

ROMAN COSMETIC FLASK WITH BASKET HANDLE


Of the 3rd. to 4th. Century A.D.     Kisa form: A7

 ↑ 14.5/9.9 cm | Ø body: 3cm | Ø Mouth 4.5 |

 

Technique: Blown to a pearshaped form; with flaring mouth and rounded rim; hollow footring attached; concave base with pontil mark; handles drawn up from three-quaters of the body and attached to the rim; basket handle placed at the rim on top of one sidehandle to the opposed, surplus glass folded back.

Description: Tubular to piriform body of light-blue glass; basket handle and foot darker in colour; flaring rim; rounded foot placed unevenly.

Condition: Complete, crack in the funnel mouth; elongated bubbles, silvery and golden iridescense, weathered, some adhering dust.

Remarks: Acording to Whitehouse referring to a similar glass in the Corning Museum, no 741, volume II, ‘an object such as this is unusual in having both the conical foot characteristic of cosmetic flasks and a basket handle that is typical of multipart cosmetic tubes.’ See also Kunina, 1997, no 414, p 335.

Provenance: Syro-Palestinian. From a private dutch collection.  First publication.

Reference: Spartz, nr 143, 33.; La Baume, Cologne, I nr D 79;  Liepmann nr 130; Sammlung Hentrich, nr 103; Hayes, 1975, pp 82-83; Kunina, 1997, no 414, p 335; Whitehouse, 2001, CMG vol II, p 192, no 741.

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