Double cosmetic tube (balsamarium)

Roman or Byzantine
Late Imperial or Early Byzantine Period
4th–5th century A.D.


Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, free-blown with applied decoration

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Double tube. Spiral coil around body; zig-zag trail from upper body to rim.Pale green. Intact, except for some loss of applied decoration; large patches of whitish 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