Tall Roman Glass Unguentarium

£ 195.00

An elegant Ancient Roman candlestick, pale blue glass unguentarium, featuring a short globular body on a concave base, a long cylindrical neck and a wide, flaring rim. Some iridescence to the neck.

Date: Circa 1st to 3rd Century AD
Condition: Very fine, intact, some encrustations on the interior and outer surface of the vessel.


Product Code: RGS-06
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Unguentaria contained perfume and oil, considered precious during the Roman Empire and often used both in private life and public ceremonies. Candlestick unguentaria are among the most popular glass shapes recovered across the Roman Empire. They were especially 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 W 5.6 x H 17.8 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe