Measurements: 17.8 cm – height, 5.6 cm – width


Description: A tall candlestick unguentarium in pale green glass with a long neck and some iridescence on the neck and the bottom. The bottom is concave; the neck slightly narrows at the top before opening into a curved rim. Unguentaria contained perfume and oil, considered precious during the Roman Empire 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, 236.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Period: 1st to 3rd century AD


Condition: Very fine, intact, some encrustations on the interior and outer surface of the vessel.



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