Roman Blue Glass Unguentarium

GBP 1,600.00

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Object Description

A beautiful Ancient Roman translucent blue glass unguentarium featuring a larger pyriform body and a short, narrow neck leading to a folded, flaring rim. The glass displays a gorgeous and mesmerizing bright cobalt blue colour, further enriched by an applied opaque light blue glass spiral trail decoration.

Unguentaria were small perfume or cosmetics bottles made of blown glass. They were extremely popular throughout the Roman Empire, since they contained perfume and oil, considered precious at the time and often used both in private life and public ceremonies. These type of vessels were probably used in funerary and burial rituals, hence their frequent occurrence in archaeological excavations of ancient cemeteries.

Date: Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Provenance: Ex. John Lawton collection, London; formerly from S.M collection, 1948-2000, London.

Object Condition

Fine, with minor chip to the rim and part of the applied spiral trail missing. Some earthly encrustations to the surface.

Object Details

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