A Roman unguentarium in green glass. The flask has a bell-shaped body, tall neck, with flattened rim and stands on a flat base indented towards the centre. The glass and crust exhibit attractive patches of iridescence.

Eastern Mediterranean: Circa 3rd century AD.


Complete and intact, with crusty accretions.

Height 20 cms (7.9 ins).


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


At the height of its popularity in Rome, glass was present in nearly every aspect of daily life. It was a particularly favoured container for precious, valuable liquids, such as expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines which were produced from all corners of the Roman Empire.

Roman tall iridescent glass candlestick unguentarium

SKU: J234
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