YELLOW ROMAN GLASS UNGUENTARIUM
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Measurements: 10.5 cm - height
Description: A Roman bright yellow unguentarium featuring a piriform body, slight constriction at the base of the cylindrical neck, an everted rim and a flattened base. The vessel has beautiful iridescence all over the surface. Metal oxides were added to the glass to vary its colour and create objects such as this one. Antimony and lead were used to make yellow coloured glass. Unguentaria were small 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.
Reference: Hayes, J.W., Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, nos. 107, 252.
Period: 1st - 2nd century AD
Condition: Very fine, intact, encrustations on the inside and minor encrustations to the outside surface. Iridescence covers the vessel.
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