Measurements: 18.5 cm – height, 7.6 cm – width


Description: A large, tall pale glass "candlestick" unguentarium, displaying some iridescence. From the conical body a long wide neck tapers into a slightly sloped rim. The base is concave underneath. Unguentaria 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 unguentarium is among the most popular glass shapes of the Roman Empire.


Reference: Hayes, J. W., Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, nos. 231, 628.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Fine Arts Boston


Period: 1st to 3rd century AD


Condition: Very fine, intact, consistent iridescence throughout, surface with encrustations on the body, neck and rim.


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