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Ancient Toiletries, Cosmetic, and Grooming Items
Roman-Byzantine, Syro-Palestinian, Glass Dropper Flask, c. Late 1st - Early 5th Century A.D.

|Glass| |Antiquities|, |Roman-Byzantine,| |Syro-Palestinian,| |Glass| |Dropper| |Flask,| |c.| |Late| |1st| |-| |Early| |5th| |Century| |A.D.|
Thick enamel-like weathering, as seen on this piece, is common on glass found in the Levant and this piece is certainly from the Levante. This flask is, however, a bit of a mystery. There is nothing very similar in the large library of ancient and medieval glass references held by Forum. It resembles an aryballos, but lacks the handles which define that type. It probably was used like an aryballos, to store and dispense scented oil which was rubbed on the skin and then scraped off to clean the body. The date is uncertain. Weathering obscures the original color, making another mystery, but the only other a similar flasks we know are described as opaque black glass.
AG20822. Isings -, et al. -; apparently unpublished but two similar pieces are known from the market (priced $2,500 - $3,000!), Choice, complete and intact, thick tan and brown enamel-like weathering, dropper flask, free-blown, amber(?) glass, 12.0 cm (4 3/4") tall, 8.5 cm maximum diameter, piriform body, very short narrow neck, broad flat folded in rim, round bottom with large pontil mark, not designed to stand on its own we will include a stand; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years; very rare form; $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00


Roman-Byzantine, Toiletry Grooming Set, 1st - 10th Century A.D.

|Toiletries| |&| |Grooming|, |Roman-Byzantine,| |Toiletry| |Grooming| |Set,| |1st| |-| |10th| |Century| |A.D.|NEW
Copper and bronze toiletry kits from the ancient world have been found from the Indus Valley to Britain, dating as early as the 3rd millennium B.C. Very often, as is the case for this specimen, instruments are grouped together, secured by a wire ring. At the site of Kish, located upriver from Ur, and containing burials dating to the Early Dynastic Period (c. 2750 - 2600 B.C.), excavators have found kits in burials, most with three instruments: an ear scoop, a stiletto (pointed nail cleaner), and tweezers. Some included a small blade and some were in a case. In the past, these kits were often misdescribed as cosmetic kits and at one time archeologists used these kits to identify female burials, while knives and daggers were used to identify males. This has proven incorrect. At Kish in 33 burials with the sex confirmed by the skull or pelvis, 3 of 11 woman were buried with a knife or dagger, no toilet kits were found with females, and six toilet kits were found with the 22 males. (Torres-Rouff, C., W. Pestle, and B. Daverman. "Commemorating bodies and lives at Kish's 'A Cemetery': (Re)presenting social memory" in Journal of Social Archaeology 12(2), 21 May 2012, pp. 193-219.)
AS99710. Choice, green patina, weight 8.721 g, maximum diameter 91.5 mm, die axis 0o, 1st - 10th Century A.D.; obverse an ear scoop, a stiletto (pointed nail cleaner), and tweezers, all on a bronze ring with hanger; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00


Egyptian, Wooden Head Rest, 18th Dynasty, 1550 - 1292 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |Egyptian,| |Wooden| |Head| |Rest,| |18th| |Dynasty,| |1550| |-| |1292| |B.C.|
Although this design may appear uncomfortable to us, the ancient Egyptians must have approved because the type was used for thousands of years from the First Dynasty (c. 3100 - 2890 B.C) through the Ptolemaic Period. It cupped the side of the face while one slept on their side. These headrests were taken to the tomb for use in the Other Life; mummies often lay within the coffin with the head resting on one.
AEA30970. Egyptian wooden head rest, cf. Petrie, Objects of Daily Use, p. 35, 33, Choice, 20.7 cm (8 1/8"), complete without repairs, cracks as expected for ancient wood objects of this size, made in three parts; SOLD







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