ANCIENT ROMAN BLUE BELL UNGUENTARIUM
Measurements: 9 cm – height, 6.8 cm – width
Description: A beautiful ancient Roman bell-bodied unguentarium in light blue glass and displaying attractive rainbow iridescence, with a short cylindrical neck with tooling at the base and an everted rim. From the piece's wide and slightly concave base, the body widens and subsequently narrows towards the thinnest point at the bottom of the neck, forming a bell shape. 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: Harvard Art Museums
Period: 1st - 3rd century AD
Condition: Very fine, intact, with earthy encrustations over the whole and a rainbow iridescence.