Double cosmetic tube (balsamarium)

Roman or Byzantine
Late Imperial or Early Byzantine Period
about 4th century A.D.


Height (with handles): 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, blown with applied handle and decoration

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Double tube; thick basket handle attached above mid-point of body and again at the rim. Pale bluish-green. Intact; patches of iridescence.


From a collection formed in Egypt in the early 20th century, probably by Reginald Godfrey Peckitt, Esq, formerly of the Egyptian State Railways; by 1961: Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt Collection, 1826 24th Street, N.W., Washington 8, D.C.; gift of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt to MFA, December 13, 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt