Ancient Roman Glass Perfume Bottle

£ 600.00

A delicate Ancient Roman perfume bottle in a pale, translucent blue colour. The vessel features a slender piriform body tapering to a pointed end, a long cylindrical neck and a rounded, folded flaring rim.

Date: Circa 1st–2nd Century AD
Condition: Fine with a stress crack visible to the bottom and across the body of the vessel. Beautiful white iridescence on the surface. Mounted on a custom made stand.
Product Code: RGS-14
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Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines in antiquity because it was not porous. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glassblowing had revolutionised the art of glassmaking, allowing for the production of medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms and shapes. Glass vessels are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the liquids that filled them would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire.

To discover more about Roman perfumes and cosmetics, please visit our relevant blog post: Roman Glass: Unguentaria and Cosmetics.

Dimensions H 12 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe

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