Ancient Roman Marbled Pale Yellow Unguentarium

GBP 650.00

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Object Description

A Roman marbled unguentarium featuring a pyriform body, slight constriction at the base of the cylindrical neck, everted folded rim and flattened base. A superbly made item featuring pale marbling of yellow and white glass.Unguentaria were perfume or cosmetics bottles made of blown glass. They are the most common items of Roman blown glass, equally used in everyday life or deposited as grave goods. This particular shape is one of the earliest dating in the first centuries of the Roman Empire. This vessel is special because of the colouring that is reminiscent of marble. Marble came in such variety of types and colours that even Pliny, the most famous ancient encyclopaedist, dwells on how this luxury material was flaunted.

Object Literature

Hayes, J.W., Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, no. 252.

Object Condition

Excellent. Colouring still vibrant and no encrustation.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:3.4 x H:9.1 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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