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Ancient Toiletries, Cosmetic, and Grooming Items

Egyptian, Bronze Mirror with Wooden Handle, 18th Dynasty - Ptolemaic Period, c. 1550 - 30 B.C.

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AEA30996. Egyptian mirror; cf. Petrie, Objects of Daily Use, pl. xxvii, 40 (18th dynasty), length 27 cm (10 1/2"), width 14.8 cm (5 3/4"), original red, brown, and green polychrome pigment on gesso, ribbed handle is not firmly attached but slides on a bronze tenon; verdigris and minor bend in mirror, pigment and gesso chipped on handle; rare with handle; SOLD


Egyptian, Wooden Head Rest, 18th Dynasty, 1550 - 1292 B.C.

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Although this design may appear uncomfortable to us, the ancient Egyptians must have approved because the type was used for thousands of years from the First Dynasty (c. 3100 - 2890 B.C) through the Ptolemaic Period. It cupped the side of the face while one slept on their side. These headrests were taken to the tomb for use in the Other Life; mummies often lay within the coffin with the head resting on one.
AEA30970. Egyptian wooden head rest, cf. Petrie, Objects of Daily Use, p. 35, 33, Choice, 20.7 cm (8 1/8"), complete without repairs, cracks as expected for ancient wood objects of this size, made in three parts; SOLD


Egyptian, Coptic, Wood Hair Comb, 6th - 7th Century A.D.

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AB31029. Wooden comb; cf. Petrie, Objects of Daily Use, 47 - 51; length 22 cm (8 5/8"), width 7.3 cm (2 7/8"), ornamented with circular geometric patterns; warped, missing some teeth; SOLD


Roman, Glass Lattice-Patterned Flask, 3rd Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years. Ex Robert Hass collection.
AG32576. Lattice-patterned flask, cf. Carnegie Museum 206, Newark Museum 81; 7 cm (2 3/4"), Choice, light green, mold-blown lattice pattern on globular body, smooth tubular neck with constriction at base, broad flattened funnel fire-rounded rim, varying shades of iridescence, bold and intact; SOLD


Egyptian, Glass Kohl Pot With Protective Covering, Roman Egypt, c. 30 B.C. - 200 A.D.

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Reputedly found with mummy. Glass bottles were often wrapped in shipping to prevent breakage. The linen wrapping has only rarely survived. Kohl was an eye paint used to enhance beauty and protect the eyes. From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AM33390. cf. Petrie Objects of Daily Use. Pl. XXII and XXIII; cf. Corning I 240 (for toilet bottle in brown fiber cover), Choice, 3 ĺ inches tall, aqua glass vessel kohl pot with tall neck wrapped in heavy bittuman and linen cloth, interesting example; SOLD


Egyptian, Predynstic Period, Alabaster Cosmetic Vase, c. 5500 - 4000 B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AW35492. Alabaster cosmetic vase; Malloy, Egyptian Art and Artifacts. Summer 1980, 11 (this piece); cf. Petrie, Prehistoric Egypt, pl. XXXV, 44, Attractive average condition, 50 mm X 25 mm; tapering egg shape; several holes, part of rim missing; lovely example of early Egyptian stone work; SOLD


Roman, Glass Bottle, 1st Century A.D.

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AA29965. Glass bottle; cf. Ontario Museum 242 (pale green, early-mid 1st century), Choice, 13.0 cm (5 1/8"); free-blown, turquoise-blue, cylindrical neck widening to body, piriform body, folded rim bent downward, flat bottom; encrustations, weathering, some dulling, iridescent areas, blowing spirals; SOLD


Indus Valley, Bronze Combination Cloak Pin and Mirror, c. 1st Millennium B.C.

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Bronze mirrors preceded the glass mirrors of today. This type of mirror has been found by archaeologists among elite assemblages from various cultures, from Etruscan Italy to China. In the Indus valley civilization, manufacture of bronze mirrors goes back to 2800 to 2500 B.C.
AL59777. Indus valley, Bronze Pin/Mirror, c. 1st Millenium B.C., 3.25 x 11 inches, mirror with polished circular face with long pin handle, nice example, from a New Jersey collection, purchased from a European dealer (c. 1980's); very rare; SOLD


Judaean Kingdom, Large Pottery Unguentarium, Early Roman Period, 1st Century A.D.

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Time of Jesus Christ.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Found in Israel.
AH48165. Pottery unguentarium; cf. Ustinov UP 313, Choice, buff with white slip and bright orange paint to upper neck, wheel made, piriform bulbous body, flat ring base, tall cylindrical neck, expanding rim, 7 Ĺ inches high; repair to rim, otherwise intact; SOLD


Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Glass Cylindrical Bottle, 3rd - 4th Century A.D.

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"Cylindrical bottles of the third and fourth centuries are characterized by two types of mouth: one folded in and flattened as in this example, and the other the more common funnel mouth with a trailed-on ring underneath. Both types are consistently pale green." - Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery by Susan B. Matheson
AG21012. cf. Isings 102a, Newark Museum 446, Yale Gallery 221 - 223, Corning I 308, Choice, complete and intact, light deposits and weathering, glass cylindrical bottle, free-blown pale green glass, 10.4 cm (4 1/8") tall, 4.5 cm (1 3/4") maximum diameter, marvered to shape, pale green, cylindrical body very slightly wider at the top, rim folded and flattened, slightly concave bottom; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years; SOLD




  




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