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Ancient Toiletries, Cosmetic, and Grooming Items

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

Roman, Purple Glass Unguentarium, Eastern Mediterranean, 1st Century A.D.

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This piece is unusual in both color and form. The rose-purple color was created by adding manganese to the glass. The unusual alabastron-like round bottom means it cannot stand and probably indicates it dates early for blown glass. The constriction at the base of the neck on this piece indicates Eastern Mediterranean origin. Western glass does not usually have a tooled constriction at the base of the neck.
AA29971. Purple unguentarium; 6.3 cm (2 1/2"), Choice, free-blown, pale rose-purple, ovoid body without flattened bottom, constriction at base of neck which widens to the mouth, folded and flattened rim; internal encrustation, weathering, crazing, small cracks; rare; SOLD

Roman Glass Cylindrical Bottle, Eastern Mediteranian, c. 3rd - 4th Century A.D.

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"Cylindrical bottles of the third and fourth centuries are characterized by two types of mouth: one folded in and flattened as in this example, and the other the more common funnel mouth with a trailed-on ring underneath. Both types are consistently pale green." - Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery by Susan B. Matheson
AGA29977. Cylindrical bottle; Isings form 102a, cf. Newark Museum 446, Yale Gallery 221 - 223, Corning Museum of Glass I 308, complete and intact, height 9.0 cm (3 5/8"); free-blown, marvered to shape, pale green, cylindrical body slightly wider at the top, rim folded and flattened, slightly concave bottom; encrustation, enamel-like weathering, some iridescence; SOLD


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