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Ancient Toiletries, Cosmetic, and Grooming Items

Roman, Glass Double Balsamarium, 4th Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years. Ex Robert Hass collection.

This contain was designed to hold two different cosmetics, probably eyeliner and eyeshadow.
AG32584. Double balsamarium, cf. Wolkenburg Collection 79, Ontario Museum 359 (no pinched projections), Carnegie Museum 197 (same), Choice, 12 cm (4 3/4"), clear aquamarine, double tube made by folding single tube, two snake-like handles attached at body on large blob with pinched projection snake tails, slighly flaring vessel mouths, rim folded in with no lip, some cracks; $350.00 (Ä297.50)

Egypt, Black Slate Dish, Hellenic - Roman Period, 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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This type of dish may have been used as a cosmetic pallet.
AE48734. cf. Petrie, Stone & Metal Vases 972, Choice, some chipping to edge, otherwise intact, black slate dish; four square protruding handles, 3 Ĺ inches diameter; ex Malloy, Egyptian Art & Artifacts, Summer 1980, 118; $135.00 (Ä114.75)

Indus Valley, Bronze Combination Cloak Pin and Mirror, c. 1st Millennium B.C.

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Bronze mirrors preceded the glass mirrors of today. This type of mirror has been found by archaeologists among elite assemblages from various cultures, from Etruscan Italy to China. In the Indus valley civilization, manufacture of bronze mirrors goes back to 2800 to 2500 B.C.
AL59777. Indus valley, Bronze Pin/Mirror, c. 1st Millenium B.C., 3.25 x 11 inches, mirror with polished circular face with long pin handle, nice example, from a New Jersey collection, purchased from a European dealer (c. 1980's); very rare; SOLD


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Toiletries, Cosmetics & Grooming