Bipartite Kohl Tube

Unknown3rd - 4th century

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Free-blown, bipartite kohl tube of colorless glass. The vessel was formed from a long cylindrical tube folded over upon itself. Two snake thread handles are applied to the sides from the lower body to connect to the rims. A thin bronze rod is preserved in one of the tubes. The vessel is heavily weathered with a strong iridescence and creamy discoloration.

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  • Title: Bipartite Kohl Tube
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 3rd - 4th century
  • Location Created: Roman Empire
  • Physical Dimensions: 11.5 x 7 cm (4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Glass, bronze
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Kohl tube
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2003.431
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 214
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Roman
  • Classification: Vessels