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Cosmetic Applicator

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass.

Date:

4th-6th century

Artist:

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. This delicate applicator would have been just one object among the array of mirrors, combs, and palettes for mixing cosmetics, as well as bottles and other containers for products used to beautify prosperous Romans.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Mediterranean

Title

Cosmetic Applicator

Origin

Mediterranean Region

Date

301 CE–600 CE

Medium

Glass

Dimensions

L. 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.); diam. 0.6 cm (1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1112

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