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SIX ROMAN GLASS STIRRING RODS AND APPLICATORS
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SIX ROMAN GLASS STIRRING RODS AND APPLICATORS

CIRCA 1ST–2ND CENTURY A.D.

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SIX ROMAN GLASS STIRRING RODS AND APPLICATORS
CIRCA 1ST–2ND CENTURY A.D.
Tallest: 9 in. (22.8 cm.) high
Provenance
Kofler-Truniger collection, Lucerne.
Ancient Glass Formerly the Kofler-Truniger Collection; Christie's, London, 5-6 March 1985, lot 201.
Literature
M. Kunz, ed., 3000 Jahre Glaskunst: von der Antike bis zum Jugendstil, Kunstmuseum Luzern, 1981, no. 397.
G. Rossi-Osmida, Aphrodite's scents: profumi e cosmesi nel mondo antico, Foundation Oriele Sotgia di Ghilarza, Palazzo Gaddi, 1986.
Archeo: Attualità del Passato, December 1989, no. 58.
Exhibited
Kunstmuseum Luzern, 3000 Jahre Glaskunst: von der Antike bis zum Jugendstil, 19 July-13 September 1981.
Foundation Oriele Sotgia di Ghilarza, Palazzo Gaddi, Rome, Aphrodite's scents: profumi e cosmesi nel mondo antico, 21 December 1986-20 February 1987.

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Lot Essay

Glass rods such as the current example, were probably used for stirring or mixing cosmetic or medicinal preparations stored in long-necked bottles. The amber colored twisted glass rod tapering to a duck finial is accompanied by a sliding glass ring, which is believed to have acted as a stopper or cover for the vessel into which the rod was dipped. For similar example, see D. Whitehouse, Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, vol. III, no. 972.

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