Molar flask Possibly 9th–10th centuries, Egypt Cut glass Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 1968.2.41
This so-called molar flask is made of clear glass and has a long neck. The unguent or oil housed in this diminutive vial would have been applied to the body or face using a wooden or metal applicator, such as a cosmetic spoon.
Bibliography: Georges 1911; Jenkins 1986, 24; Scanlon and Pinder-Wilson 2001, 91–99; Pinder-Wilson and Scanlon 1973, 24–28; Carboni and Whitehouse 2001; and Carboni 2001, cat. 27a–c, 124–127, cat. 2.28a–q.Return to the Show