SMALL ROMAN MARBLED UNGUENTARIUM

on reserve

Measurements: 8.3 cm - height

Description: A Roman marbled unguentarium featuring a piriform body, with slight constriction at the base of the cylindrical neck, everted folded rim and flattened base. The glass has a marbled-effect surface which was likely achieved by sorting molten glass strips of different colours and twisting them. Unguentaria were 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. This particular shape is one of the earliest dating in the first centuries of the Roman Empire. The vessels of this type are unique due to surface colouring that is reminiscent of marble veins.

Reference: Hayes, J.W., Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, no. 252.

Period: 1st - 2nd century AD


Condition: Very fine, intact. Minor encrustation on the inside of the vessel and trapped bubbles in glass mix.

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