Ancient Roman Marbled Pale Yellow Unguentarium

£ 650.00

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.


Product Code: RGS-03
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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.

To discover more about the types and uses of unguentaria, please visit our relevant blog post: Roman Glass: Unguentaria and Cosmetics.


Dimensions H 9.1 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe

Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item 1919.1119.183.

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