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Roman Unguentarium or Tear Bottle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 2, 2015

Tear Bottle

 Unguentaria or “tear bottles” are among the most common containers found in Roman blown glass.  The example shown here has all of  the characteristics of this type of glass bottle. The deep blue-green color and lovely interior iridescence adds beauty to this common type.  It was thought to be used in the burial practices of ancient Romans.

H: 11.5 cm

Late First Century A.D.

Auth 1976 #134, Hayes 1975 # 663, Matheson1980 #80, Kofler Collections #124, Oliver 1980 #89

Tear Bottle 8R

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