ROMAN PALE BLUE UNGUENTARIUM
Measurements: 10 cm – height
Description: An elegant Ancient Roman glass unguentarium, blown in pale blue colour. The vessel features a globular body, an elongated, cylindrical neck and a wide, flaring rim. The glass is sitting on a concave base and displays much of the original translucency, with some mother of pearl like iridescence to the surface.
Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines in antiquity because it was not porous. The small body and mouth allowed the user carefully to pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glass-blowing had revolutionised the art of glass-making, allowing for the production of small medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. Unguentaria are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the liquids, which filled them, would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire.
Period: Circa 1st - 3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine, complete and intact with encrustations and patination to the surface.