Kohl Tube

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Object Name: 
Kohl Tube
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Overall H: 8.7 cm, W: 4.5 cm; Rim Diam: 1.7 cm
On Display
499-300 BCE
Web Description: 
Kohl is a cosmetic material used to darken the eyelids.
Motamed, Saeed, Source
Primary Description: 
Opaque "black", opaque yellow-green, and opaque yellow glass, some small bubbles, yellow glass pitted, other glasses unweathered; core formed with applied trail decoration. Thickened rim tooled to form 13 vertical ribs, constricts slightly before spreading out into long rectangular body with square cross section, opaque yellow blobs applied at each corner of shoulder, a corresponding set of 4 applied on bottom as feet, entire surface beneath blobs decorated with applied yellow green tail of glass wound 36 times around body and dragged alternately up and down to form festoon pattern, carefully marvered into surface; base tapers sharply and is rounded by reheating.
Ancient Persia: The Art of an Empire
University Art Museum, Texas 1978-02-12 through 1978-04-16
Walters Art Gallery 1978-05-06 through 1978-06-17
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 105, #207, pl. 12; BIB# 29547
Ancient Persia, the Art of an Empire (1978) illustrated, p. 85 (right); BIB# 20331
Rod-formed Kohl-tubes of the Mid-First Millennium B.C. (1975) illustrated, pp. 31, 33, fig. 6, IA 4;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 13 (1971) illustrated, pp. 134-135, #1; BIB# AI93175