A finely modelled Ancient Roman marbled unguentarium featuring a piriform body, slight constriction at the base of the cylindrical neck, everted folded rim and flattened base. The vessel has been cast in pale yellow glass.
Date: Circa 1st-2nd century AD Condition: Extremely fine. Colouring vibrant and no encrustations.
Unguentaria were small perfume or cosmetics bottles made of blown glass. They were extremely popular throughout the Roman Empire, since they contained perfume and oil, considered precious at the time and often used in both private life and public ceremonies. This type of vessels was probably used in funerary and burial rituals, hence their frequent occurrence in archaeological excavations of ancient cemeteries.