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Cosmetic Container

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

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique.


4th-6th century


Ancient Mediterranean

About this artwork

Initially affordable only among the wealthy, glass was used in ancient Rome to create tableware and containers for oils and perfume. The variety of glass-making techniques reveals the changing tastes and fashions over the centuries. During the 1st century, cast glass was a novel form and a luxury for Roman households. By the end of the century, however, innovations in technique allowed for cheaper and less labor-intensive production, making it affordable to people of lesser means. Blown glass nearly supplanted ceramic and even bronze wares in popularity. This prestige carried well into the Byzantine period.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Mediterranean


Cosmetic Container


Mediterranean Region


301 CE–600 CE


Glass, blown technique


10.3 × 5.1 × 3.8 cm (4 1/16 × 2 × 1 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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