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Bronze specillum (probe)

Article for extracting salves from ointment boxes.

Glass two-handled jar

Translucent blue green; handles in same color.Everted, slightly tubular rim, with rounded outer lip, folded in and down, and smoothed into side of mouth; broad, cylindrical neck with slightly convex profile and... more

Marble fragment of a pilaster

This pilaster is decorated on three sides with a low relief that represents burning incense pans balanced on slender supports flanked by birds. On the front side, one pair of birds stretch down to eat from shea... more

Glass jug

Translucent pale blue green, with same color handle.Collared rim, folded out, down, and up, with lip on outer edge of flaring mouth; cylindrical neck with tooled indent around base; straight sides to conical bo... more

Glass hexagonal bottle

Opaque white.Rim folded out, round, and in, with slightly beveled upper lip; flaring mouth; cylindrical neck; convex curving shoulder; hexagonal body with vertical sides, then cup-shaped below; low base with ro... more

Necklace fragment

Early Imperial

Glass perfume bottle

Small perfume bottleColorless with pale bluish tinge and streaked with purple.Beveled rim, folded out, over, and in; tall cylindrical neck, tooled in around base; conical body with rounded sides turned in to un... more

Glass grape flask

Translucent deep emerald green.Rim folded out, over, and in, and pressed flat into flaring mouth; short, funnel-shaped neck; globular body with prominent seam running from neck down side and across bottom; roun... more

Glass jug

Small, one-handled jugTranslucent pale blue green; handle in same color.Rim folded out, down, and up, with vertical rounded lip above mouth; short cylindrical neck; conical body curving in to flat base; handle ... more

Marble torso of a boy

Copy of a Greek statue of ca. 425–400 B.C.The small scale and violent action of this figure suggest it may represent one of Niobe's children, who were killed after Niobe boasted she was superior to Leto, mother... more

Glass monochrome inlay fragment

Opaque pale turquoise green.Flat, thin inlay, with one long straight edge.Polished upper side; pitting of surface bubbles on upper side; dulling and faint weathering on underside and edges. Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Glass spindle whorl

Translucent light yellow green, with trails in same color.Tall, domed body; slightly convex bottom; vertical hole larger on bottom.Spiral trail on top surface and underside. Intact; pinprick bubbles; some dulli... more

Glass hunt-and-scroll bottle

Probably colorless; handle of uncertain color.Everted fine rim, folded over and in; short cylindrical neck, splayed at base and merging with piriform body; flat bottom; handle trailed over rim and top of neck a... more

Glass bottle shaped like a bunch of grapes

Translucent purple.Rim folded out, round, and in, and pressed into slanting, oval mouth; cylindrical neck with concave sides; slightly lentoid body; round bottom. One continuous mold seam around body, but only ... more

Glass cup

Translucent yellow green with same color handles.Unworked vertical rim of varying thickness; cylindrical body with vertical sides; bottom with S-shaped curve around outer section, then a projecting circular bas... more

Glass cup

Translucent yellowKnocked-off, uneven, and slightly flaring rim; short concave neck; globular body; plain concave bottom.One faint wheel-abraded horizontal line around neck; band of two lines on body, 2.6-2.8 c... more

Terracotta amphora (jar)

Frieze of maenads and female figures at bottom. Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Wall painting fragment

Red socle, predella, and white central zone.

Bronze phallic amulet

This amulet is of unusual form. Commonly, the phallus, presented in symmetrical double form on amulets, is winged, but the three winged phalli that project from this ornament are very different in shape, positi... more

Textile Ornament

Like other Precolumbian American peoples, the ancient Peruvians panned most of their gold from placer deposits in the coastal rivers. They worked the gold into sheet and used it to fashion a variety of ornament... more

Glass dish

Translucent deep blue green.Outsplayed, rounded rim; body tapers downwards, with projecting horizontal ridge at mid-point of side; shallower on one side than the other; thick, tubular foot ring at junction with... more

Bronze bust of Minerva

Modeled on the Greek goddess Athena, the Roman Minerva had many of the same duties and attributes, as shown here by her Greek-style helmet. Together with Jupiter and Juno, she formed part of the Capitoline Tria... more

Bronze footed globular vessel with lid

The body is decorated in shallow relief with children, garlands, dogs and rabbits. Imperial


Attributed to Egypt

Glass inkwell

Translucent light green with blue tinge.Central circular mouth with rounded inverted lip; horizontal shoulder, curving down at edge; folded, tubular flange between shoulder and side; convex side tapering down a... more

Bronze furniture attachment

These two bronze mules’ heads (grouped with separable object 27.253.1) were originally part of the fulcra (headrests) of a Roman couch. The mule is associated with Dionysus, the god of wine and feasting. One of... more

Seals (3) from net

From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Priests' houses, near, Roman burial XXI, MMA excavations, 1923–24 Roman Period

Small bowl

From Levant, Petra Nabataean

Glass perfume bottle

Colorless with blue green tinge.Rim folded out, over, and in; cylindrical neck, expanding downward with tooling marks around base; broad conical body with convex sides; slightly concave bottom.Intact; many bubb... more

Model of a Rectangular Brazier

Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)

Glass perfume bottle

Colorless, with trail in opaque white with a greenish tinge.Everted rim folded over and in; cylindrical neck, expanding downwards; globular body; pushed-in bottom.Trail applied to bottom, then wound up over bod... more

Glass spoon

Translucent blue green.Fire-rounded, thick, uneven rim, forming end of handle; long hollow neck, tooled in around base, forming handle; body shaped into bowl of spoon with angular bottom and tubular edge.Intact... more

Glass globular bottle

Translucent light purple.Collared rim, folded out, down, round, and up, forming a thick flange around top of neck, then everted horizontally, with rounded lip and flat top surface; cylindrical neck, expanding s... more

Marble torso of Eros

Copy of a Greek statue of the 4th century B.C. attributed to Lysippos.The young Eros was shown in a momentary gesture, stringing his bow. Imperial

Terracotta amphora (storage jar)

This attractive fineware vessel imitates at a smaller scale the shape of the ubiquitous transport amphora, used principally for wine, oil and garum (fish sauce). Early Imperial

Glass perfume bottle

Translucent blue green.Rim folded out, over, and in; broad flaring mouth; cylindrical, slight convex neck with irregular tooling marks at top and horizontal indent around base; concical body with slightly conca... more

Glass jug

Translucent cobalt blue, with handle in same color.Rim folded out, round, and pressed into flaring mouth; cylindrical neck with irregular indents around top; convex sloping shoulder; cylindrical body with reces... more


From Levant, Petra Nabataean

Amulet of fist with thumb thrust between first two fingers

In this amulet the thumb is placed between the first two fingers of the fist. This is a Roman amulet connected with sexuality. From Egypt Roman Period

Textile Ornament

Like other Precolumbian American peoples, the ancient Peruvians panned most of their gold from placer deposits in the coastal rivers. They worked the gold into sheet and used it to fashion a variety of ornament... more

Glass perfume bottle

Translucent blue green.Rim folded out, down, round, and in, with bevelled innner lip; broad, flaring mouth; cylindrical neck with slightly convex sides and tooling marks around base; small conical body; thick, ... more

Bronze statuette of a Lar

The Lar holds a phiale in his right hand, and raises a rhyton in the shape of a dolphin in his left hand. Early Imperial

Glass perfume bottle

Translucent greenish yellow.Uneven rim folded out, round, and in; cylindrical neck, slightly tooled in around base; elongated piriform body, tapering to solid, drawn-out knob base with tooling indent in one sid... more

Glass stirring rod

Uncertain color.Solid, cylindrical rod, slightly thickened at either end into small knobs.Intact; thick, black enamel-like weathering, with small patches of pitting and iridescence. Imperial


From Levant, Petra Nabataean

Glass mosaic bottle

Colorless, translucent cobalt blue, translucent honey brown, opaque light blue, opaque white, and opaque yellow.Outsplayed rim with a closed, cut-out tubular ledge below an uneven, vertical lip; tall cylindrica... more

Glass miniature one-handled jug

Translucent deep purple, appearing black; handle in same color.Outsplayed rounded rim, tooled into downward projecting mouth at front; short concave neck; convex side, tapering slightly downwards; bulge around ... more

Glass bottle

Translucent pale blue green.Collared rim, folded out, down, round, and up, with vertical rounded outer lip; tall, slender, cylindrical neck, expanding downwards and tooled in horizontally around base; piriform ... more

Dish with Drunken Herakles Embracing Two Women

This dish from the ancient region of Gandhara dates from the second century B.C. to the first century A.D. International trade with the Hellenistic world and India as well as invasions into Gandhara by the Scy... more

Glass portrait head

Opaque deep red.Solid block.Carved in the round: male head with short wavy hair and fringe across forehead, arched brows, large eyes, and clean shaven face.Broken, with large unweathered chip in proper right si... more

Lime Container (Poporo)

In Andean South America, there is an indigenous tradition for the ritual use of coca leaves. In Precolumbian times the chief method of using coca was to place a quid of leaves into the mouth and add a small amo... more

Glass bottle shaped like a bird

Translucent pale blue green.Cylindrical neck, flaring at top and merging at bottom with rounded, stylized body of a bird, tapering to form tail; pushed-in bottom.Broken and repaired, with rim and top of neck mi... more

Glass jug

Translucent green with bluish tinge; handle in same color.Collared rim with large splayed downward fold and everted upward lip, then turned in and smoothed into slightly flaring mouth; cylindrical neck, taperin... more

Amethyst ring stone with a bust of Dionysos

The god of wine is depicted as an older man with a full beard and wearing a wreath of vine leaves Early Imperial

Plaque with a Winged Horse

These plaques were created by (or for) the Xianbei, a nomadic people living in the steppes region of what is now Mongolia and northern China, who would later control a large part of northern China as the Northe... more

Glass perfume bottle

Translucent light blue.Rim folded out, over, and in with beveled top; cylindrical neck, tooled in at base; sloping sides to body expanding downward and then curving in to small, flat bottom.Intact; many pinpric... more

Glass perfume bottle

Translucent dark blue green.Everted rim, folded round and in, with beveled upper surface and inner lip slightly overhanging mouth; cylindrical neck with deep horizontal tooling marks around base; conical body, ... more

Bowl with floral and geometric designs

After a stable border had been established between Roman Egypt and areas controlled by Meroë, settlement in the Meroitic regions of lower Nubia intensified and economic prosperity grew. Several cemeteries of th... more

Marble statue of a togatus (man wearing a toga)

This man wears a tunic and over it a toga, the most characteristic Roman dress. The toga, a length of woolen cloth with rounded edges, had been the traditional garment of the Romans for centuries, but by the la... more

Bronze hand of a boxer

The hand is clad in a caestus (boxing glove), comprising a semicylindrical strip and a projecting spike, tied with cords running from the wrist. Although Roman boxers are represented on statues, mosaics, terrac... more

Marble statuette of a seated philosopher

Copy after a Greek statue of ca. 250 B.C.Said to be from RomeSeated torso with modern marble head based on bronze original in the British Museum.Several other small-scale copies of this type have been identifie... more

Marble pilaster with acanthus scrolls

The acanthus scroll that decorates the pilaster, presumably from a public building, is populated with a variety of birds. Such imagery is found on major imperial monuments at Rome, notably the Ara Pacis Augusta... more

Marble female herm

Herms are rectangular stone shafts terminating in a head. They originated as markers surmounted with an image of the god Hermes, but by the Roman period they were no longer restricted in subject. Private villas... more

Marble head of a woman

Roman copy of a Greek bronze statue with a fine oval face, sharply defined features and beautifully designed hair, slightly different on the two sides. Imperial

Fragmentary bronze statuette of Herakles with lion's skin

The finely incised lion's skin drapped over the arm of this figure identifies him as Herakles. In his left hand, he may once have held apples, a common attribute of bronze statues of the type. After Herakles sl... more

Fragmentary terracotta scyphus (drinking cup)

The sides of this very large drinking cup are decorated with various appliqués, including heads, sea monsters, rosettes, and leaves

Glass plaque fragment

Translucent pale blue and opaque mid blue.Square or rectangular, flat plaque; straight upper edge in mid blue, with projecting rough edge and grozed back in pale blue.Decoration in high relief: parts of two fig... more

Glass perfume bottle

Translucent light yellow green.Rim folded out, over, and in; slender, cylindrical neck with tooled indent around base; elongated conical body, rounded below; small, thick, flat bottom.Intact; few bubbles; dulli... more

Glass cinerary urn with lid

Jar (A):Translucent blue green.Broad, tubular rim, folded out, down, and in, forming uneven, wavy upper surface; globular body; concave bottom.Complete, but one crack in rim and upper side; pinprick and a few l... more

Glass two-handled bottle

Translucent cobalt blue; handles in same color.Everted rim, folded down, round, and in; flaring mouth; cylindrical neck, expanding downwards; ovoid body; concave bottom; two rod handles applied to side of neck,... more



Bronze jug handle

The handle is decorated with acanthus leaves in low relief. On the lower attachment is a head of Medusa. The eyes of the Medusa are inlaid with silver. Imperial

Marble fragment of a cinerary urn

The fragment is part of the cinerary urn, 2002.297, and has been reattached to the side.This Roman cinerary urn is highly unusual in having the spoils of war as its principal theme. Despite the fragmentary natu... more

Glass perfume bottle

Translucent very pale blue.Rim folded out, slightly down, over, and in; funnel-shaped neck with tooling marks around base; slightly elongated ovoid body; flat bottom.Intact; many pinprick bubbles; pitting, dull... more

Glass perfume bottle

Translucent light blue green.Everted rim, folded up and in, with beveled upper surface; tall, cylindrical neck, expanding slightly downwards and tooled in around base; slender, piriform body; small, concave bot... more

Funerary Mask of a woman

From Egypt Roman Period

Bracelet Bell

Rome, Italy