A Roman unguentarium in pale blue glass, with a flattened bell-shaped body and a tall neck with funnelled rim.

Circa 2nd-3rd century AD.

 

Complete and intact, with patches of attractive iridescence and encrustation; one or two minor stress cracks which are stable.

Height 13.5 cms (5.3 ins).

 

For similar examples see items 99-105; Ancient Glass in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

 

Unguentaria such as these were used as containers for the cosmetic oils and unguents which were gathered from all corners of the extensive Roman Empire.

Roman candlestick glass unguentarium

SKU: J062
£225.00Price
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