Photo © IMJ, by David Harris, Peter Lanyi, Zev Radovan, Nahum Slapak, Mariana Zalzberger
Ovoid vessel
Eastern Mediterranean
1st century BCE – 1st century CE
Blown translucent glass
H: 6.0; D: 4.5 cm
Accession number: 75.50.149
 
 
This rare egg-shaped vessel may have been used a dispenser for cosmetic powders. Another possibility is that it served as a container for reserves of lamp oil, replacing the real eggshells customarily used for this purpose. The small hole suggests that the vessel was blown from glass tubes.

Publications:
Israeli, Yael, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum: The Eliahu Dobkin Collection and Other Gifts, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, 2003, English / Hebrew

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir