Kohl Tube

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Object Name: 
Kohl Tube
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Overall H: 8.8 cm; Shoulder W: 1.8 cm; Rim Diam: 1.5 cm
On Display
499-300 BCE
Web Description: 
Kohl is a cosmetic material used to darken the eyelids.
Dobkin, Eliahu, Source
Primary Description: 
Translucent medium to deep blue glass, bubbly, heavy white weathering crust on trails, some yellow trails completely devitrified and lost, trails of opaque yellow and white, blobs of opaque red; core-formed, trail-decorated and tooled. Rounded cylindrical rim decorated with a trail of blue glass spirally wound with white below which a horizontal trail of white is applied and marvered in, neck spreads out into a wide square shoulder and down sharply into a long tapering form with rounded base. The sides have been decorated with alternating yellow and white trails wound around the body twenty-two times, marvered in and dragged alternately up and down to create an elaborate festoon or feather pattern; around the small square base a trail of blue spirally wound with white has been wrapped and marvered in, along each corner a similar heavy trail has been applied down the sides of the vessel, over the trail on the base and up an adjacent side, each end on the shoulder capped with a white eye and red center, the trails on the remaining two sides do not consist of a single coil, but each had been applied separately.
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 106, #209, pl. 12; BIB# 29547
Rod-formed Kohl-tubes of the Mid-First Millennium B.C. (1975) illustrated, pp. 27, 34, fig. 23, IC 1;