Roman Iridescent Glass Unguentarium

GBP 195.00

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Object Description

A beautiful Ancient Roman unguentarium in iridescent green glass. The flask is of tall slender form, featuring a narrow conical body and a slightly irregular flat base. Much of the body displays a rich silvery iridescence.

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

Period: Circa 1st-4th century AD.

Object History

Private Mayfair, London collection, SM.

Object Condition

Very fine, complete and intact with a few light accretions inside and out.

Object Details

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Trent Park Equestrian Centre
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St James's Ancient Art
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