Roman Pale Green Glass Unguentarium


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Object Description

A finely modelled Ancient Roman pale green glass unguentarium, featuring a short segmented body sitting on a concave base, a long cylindrical neck and a folded rim. The glass displays a beautiful mother of pearl like iridescence to the neck and body.

Unguentaria contained perfume and oil, considered precious during the Roman Empire and often used both in private life and public ceremonies. Unguentaria, such as this fine example, are among the most popular glass shapes recovered across the Roman Empire, especially used in funerary and burial rituals, hence their frequent occurrence in archaeological excavations of ancient cemeteries.

Period: circa 1st-3rd Century AD

Object Condition

Fine, complete and intact with iridescence and earthly encrustations to the surface.

Object Details

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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