Photo © IMJ, by David Harris, Peter Lanyi, Zev Radovan, Nahum Slapak, Mariana Zalzberger
Ovoid vessel
Eastern Mediterranean
1st century BCE – 1st century CE
Blown translucent glass
H: 5.5; Diam: 3.2 cm
Gift of Rafi Brown, Jerusalem
Accession number: 81.40.122
This rare egg-shaped vessel may have been a dispenser for cosmetic powders. Another possibility is that it served as a container for reserves of lamp oil, replacing the real eggshells customarily used for this purpose. The small hole suggests that the vessel was blown from glass tubes.

Israeli, Yael, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum: The Eliahu Dobkin Collection and Other Gifts, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, 2003

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir