Bottle Item Number: M3.50 from the MOA: University of British Columbia


Purple glass bottle with a white spiral design (balsamarium). The bottle is translucent purple with a translucent white spiral thread that envelopes the entire vessel. This thread was applied in the molten state and drawn upwards and downwards with a pointed instrument to create the scallop pattern. The body is spherical with a flat bottom. The neck is slender with a splayed rim.

History Of Use

Used to store unguents, oil or perfume.

Cultural Context



The van Haersolte Collection