ANCIENT ROMAN LIGHT BLUE UNGUENTARIUM
Measurements: 9.6 cm – height
Description: An ancient Roman light blue unguentarium with marbling. The vessel has a piriform body, slight constriction at the base of the cylindrical neck, everted folded rim and flattened base. The item is of light bluish green colour and features marbling all over the surface.
Unguentaria were perfume or cosmetics bottles made of blown glass. They are the most common items of Roman blown glass, equally used in everyday life or deposited as grave goods. This particular shape is one of the earliest dating in the first centuries of the Roman Empire.
Reference: Hayes, J.W., Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, no. 252.
Period: 1st - 2nd century AD
Condition: Very fine, intact. Iridescence over the whole, bubbles in the glass matrix and some encrustations on the inside of the vessel.