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Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Glass Double Balsamarium (Cosmetic Tube), 4th Century A.D.

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This type was used to store eye makeup. One tube would have held kohl, a black paste made with powdered galena. The other tube would have held another color, perhaps made with an ochre clay (for red or brown) or powdered malachite (for green or blue).
AG20799. cf. Yale Gallery 323, Oppenlnder 680a, ROM Glass 458, Corning II 749, Choice, complete and intact, weathering and iridescence, double balsamarium, free-blown thick heavy pale translucent blue-green glass, 20.0 cm (8") tall, two tubes joined side-by-side and sharing a thick globular bottom, applied top "basket" handle attached to applied loop on each side; from the Robert H. Cornell collection, former dealer in Eastern antiquities for 40 years; $1250.00 (1100.00)


Egyptian, Beaded Horus Falcon and Kebhsenuf Funerary Ornaments, Ptolemaic Period, 304 - 30 B.C.

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

These beaded Horus Falcon and Qebehsenuef funerary ornaments were likely placed on the chest of a mummy sheathed in strands of blue faience beads.
AZ33396. Colorful beaded funerary ornament; Alex G. Malloy, Ancient Art and Antiquities, Summer 1977, 17, intact with original strings, Superb, 7 " Horus Falcon with crowned head and spread wings, with pairs of 3 " Qebehsenuef, brightly colored turquoise blue, maroon, white yellow, and black beads faience beads; $1400.00 SALE |PRICE| $1120.00


Roman, Syro-Palestinian (Samaria?), Snake-Thread Flask, Late 2nd - Early 4th Century A.D.

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Snake-thread ornamentation originated in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire in the second half of the second century and its popularity peaked in the first half of the third century. Snake-thread decoration was revived in the second half of the fourth century in the east and in the west near Cologne in modern Germany. Serpentine form trails may vary in thickness, may be the same color as the vessel (usually colorless) or brightly colored (common in the West). Ontario Museum 309, with similar subtle snake-thread ornamentation, is attributed to Samaria, 3rd to early 4th century A.D.

A disadvantage of antiquity photographs is that they usually fail to adequately indicate size. This vessel, nearly 5" tall, is larger than most similar vessels of the period.
AG63814. cf. Ontario Museum 309 (for similar ornamentation), Choice, complete and intact, a well made beautiful flask, some weathering, some iridescence, snake thread flask, 12.4 mm (4 7/8") high, funnel mouth with rolled rim, cylindrical neck, bulbous body, snake-thread ornamentation on the body, flat bottom; from a Florida dealer; $1000.00 (880.00)


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Glass Sprinkler Jug, c. 3rd Century A.D.

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This opaque buff-yellow-brown enamel-like weathering is common on glass vessels found in Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
AG63811. cf. Lightfoot NMS 178, Ontario Museum 416, Isings -, Complete, tiny chip in handle (visible in photo), possibly a small rim repair or just flaked weathering, thick yellowish brown enamel-like weathering, glass sprinkler jug, 10.5 mm (4 1/8"), free-blow, yellow-green glass, conical piriform body, tubular neck, slight funnel mouth, washer-like sprinkler diaphragm constriction at the base of neck, handle attached below rim and below neck, kicked bottom with pontil mark; from a Florida dealer; $400.00 (352.00)


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Glass Fusiform Unguentarium with Iridescence, c. 3rd - 5th Century A.D.

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Hayes' Ontario Museum catalog references many similar specimens, noting some are from Beirut. Our example is finer than most examples of similar form, many of which appear to be carelessly made. Hayes' dates the type 5th century or later. Perhaps the finer form indicates ours is earlier.
AG63806. cf. Ontario Museum 461, Choice. complete and intact, much iridescence, fusiform unguentarium, 16.5 cm, spindle-shaped long tubular body, upper half is a neck narrowing slightly to folded and flattened rim, small shoulder at center, lower half is a narrow tubular body narrowing to a rounded point, stand not included; from a Florida dealer; $370.00 (325.60)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Glass Floral Inlay Fragment, 3rd - 1st Century B.C.

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This small piece of glass may not seem like much but larger pieces from the master craftsmen of this workshop are very rare. Even a small fragment like this one is museum quality and suitable for an important collection.
AA32380. cf. Lightfoot NMS 492 - 493, Choice fragment, floral inlay glass fragment, 1.9 cm (3/4"), partial flower with three white pedals and center of yellow and clear dots, black background; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years; ex Robert Haas collection; rare; $270.00 SALE |PRICE| $200.00


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Miniature Jar Shaped Glass Pendant, c. Late 4th - 5th Century A.D.

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A wide variety of ancient glass amulets and pendants were made to look like tiny glass juglets and bottles. They were manufactured by bead makers, not glass blowers, and many are common bead types with added handles and other small vessel features. This pendant imitates a glass vessel with decoration popular from the second half of the 4th century to the early 5th century. Raised blue dots were popular in both the East and West. Vessels with other colored dots appear to have been made only in Cologne and Gaul, but pendant beads imitating them, such as this one, were all made in the East.
AS34621. cf. Kofler-Truniger 204, Bomford 171, Corning III 961 (similar ornamentation on a juglet amulet/pendant), Choice, complete and intact, weathering, pitting, crazing, glass pendant made to look like a glass jar, opaque black glass with raised yellow, green, and white opaque glass dots, 27mm; $150.00 (132.00)


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Glass Miniature Juglet Amulet, 4th - 5th Century A.D.

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In the Ernesto Wolf Collection, Marianne Stern argues the distribution of this type of juglets, from the Holy Land to western Europe, indicates they were produced in Palestine as early Christian amulets and taken as relics or souvenirs from holy areas. They were produced in a wide variety of types by bead makers and many are common bead types with added handles and other small vessel features.
AS34595. cf. Corning III 962, Bomford 171, Kofler-Truniger 204, Choice, complete, intact, mild weathering, a little darker than the photo suggests due to some lighting from behind, glass miniature juglet amulet, 21mm long, amber glass; $110.00 (96.80)


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Glass Miniature Juglet Amulet, 4th - 5th Century A.D.

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In the Ernesto Wolf Collection, Marianne Stern argues the distribution of this type of juglets, from the Holy Land to western Europe, indicates they were produced in Palestine as early Christian amulets and taken as relics or souvenirs from holy areas. They were produced in a wide variety of types by bead makers and many are common bead types with added handles and other small vessel features.
AS34601. cf. Wolf Roman 210, Bomford 171, Kofler-Truniger 204, Corning III 966, Complete, weathering, perhaps reconstructed, glass miniature juglet amulet, 22mm long, opaque black glass with opaque red glass thread ornamentation, traces of yellow and blue glass; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $80.00


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Miniature Jar Shaped Glass Pendant, c. 3rd - Early 5th Century A.D.

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A wide variety of ancient glass amulets and pendants were made to look like tiny glass juglets and bottles. They were manufactured by bead makers, not glass blowers, and many are common bead types with added handles and other small vessel features.
AS34624. cf. Corning III 967, Bomford 171, Complete, intact, weathering, pitting, miniature Jar Shaped Glass Pendant, 15 mm, black glass with white glass thread, crude and rather carelessly made; $65.00 (57.20)











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