MINIATURE ROMAN SPOOL-SHAPED UNGUENTARIUM
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Measurements: 2.6 cm - height
Description: A miniature Roman spool-shaped unguentarium with thick green glass walls with a flattened rim, standing on a flattened base. This shape is characteristic of Roman Egypt. Thick walls make this small capacity container a durable one. Unguentaria were small perfume or cosmetics bottles. Metal oxides were added to the glass to vary its colour. They are the most common items of Roman blown glass, equally used in everyday life or deposited as grave goods.
Reference: The Metropolitan Museum
Period: 2nd – 3rd cent. AD
Condition: Very fine, some encrustations on the surface. Minor chip to the bottom of the vessel.