• Eastern Mediterranean or Italy
  • 1st - 2nd century
  • Glass
Catalogue Entry

A rod of yellowish translucent glass was twisted right, left and then right as it was stretched longer, and then finished into a circle at the end. The other end of the rod has a small bird attached to it and its head and back are decorated with turquoise and yellow glass. A work that closely resembles this rod is in the Newark Museum of Art, New Jersey, but that work has a separately formed glass ring which slides along the rod. These rods would have probably been used to take cosmetics out of tall thin bottles, and it is possible that the glass ring was used as a stopper.
The cute bird on the Miho rod is just the right shape to be easily grasped by the holder's fingers.