ANCIENT ROMAN PALE GREEN CANDLESTICK UNGUENTARIUM

£195.00

Measurements: 13.9 cm – height, 5.3 cm – width

 

Description: A tall glass "candlestick" unguentarium of light green colour, displaying some blue iridescence. From the conical body a long neck tapers to its thinnest point, halfway up the neck, and widens at the top into a flat, slightly asymmetrical rim. The base is very slightly concave underneath. Unguentaria 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. This type of unguentarium is among the most popular glass shapes of the Roman Empire.

 

Reference: Hayes, J. W., Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, no. 236.

Harvard Art Museums

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

 

Period: 1st to 3rd century AD

 

Condition: Very fine, intact, some iridescence throughout and especially at the top of the neck, surface with some encrustations on the body, neck, and interior neck.

 

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