Roman Glass Miniature Unguentarium

£ 395.00

An Ancient Roman blown glass miniature unguentarium, featuring a piriform body, a slight constriction at the base of the cylindrical neck, an everted folded rim and a flattened base. This beautiful piece features a rippled marbling of dark grey and colourless glass in various hues.

Date: Circa 1st - 2nd Century AD
Condition: Fine, complete and intact.
Product Code: RGS-22
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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 9 cm

Southern Europe


Blown Glass

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

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