A Roman unguentarium in pale turquoise glass. The flask has a rounded bell-shaped body, tall neck, with flattened rim and stands on a flat base. The glass and crust exhibit attractive patches of iridescence.
Eastern Mediterranean: Circa 3rd century AD.
Complete and intact, with crusty accretions.
Height 17.8 cms (7 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
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