Ancient Roman Small Glass Unguentarium

£ 200.00

A small Ancient Roman glass bottle featuring a larger piriform body and a short, narrow neck leading to a folded rim.

Date: Circa 1st -2nd Century AD
Provenance: From a private J.L collection, Surrey, UK.
Condition: Fine, small hairlines visible on the surface, from where the piece was repaired - minimal repairs, otherwise intact. Encrustation and iridescence cover the surface.


Product Code: RGS-09
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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 both in 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 5 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe

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

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